On July 27, government supporters intercepted a convoy of the US-led coalition near the town of Khirbet al-Dhiyabat in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah in northeastern Syria.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the convoy, which consisted of seven vehicles, was forced to retreat from the town’s outskirts by angry locals.
“The locals cut off the road and prevented it [the convoy] from entering, this prompted occupation forces to leave and return to where they came from.”- local sources told the state-run news agency.
A video of the incident revealed that at least two of the convoy’s vehicles were M2A3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).
The Bradley IFV is armed with a 25 mm M242 chain gun, a 7.62 mm coaxial M240C machine gun and a dual TOW anti-tank guided missile, ATGM, launcher.
In October of 2019, the U.S.-led coalition deployed a number of Bradley IFVs in northeastern Syria after having withdrawn its troops from Aleppo and Raqqa. The coalition went on to deploy more IFVs in the region in September of 2020. These heavily-armed vehicles were originally deployed to support the Syrian Democratic Forces as well as to guard occupied oil and gas fields.
Government supporters have been working to restrict the movement of US-led coalition forces in northeastern Syria for more than a year now. Khirbet al-Dhiyabat encounter was not the first and will not likely be the last.
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