Syria: US military convoy enters Qamishli

A large U.S. forces convoy arrived late on December 14 in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli, on the border with Turkey, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Local sources told the state-run news agency that the convoy, which came from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, consisted of dozens of armored vehicles and trucks carrying military equipment, logistic supplies and fuel.

“This was the biggest U.S. occupation forces convoy to enter Syria territory in the last few months,” the SANA quoted one of the sources as saying.

U.S. force maintain a base in the town of Heemo near Qamishli. Last month, Kurdish sources revealed that the U.S. is building a second post in Heemo and a third one in the town of al-Qahtaniyah.

Last October, U.S. forces withdrew from most of their bases in the governorates of Aleppo and Raqqa, facilitating a Turkish-led attack on their key ally, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

According to the Pentagon, around 500 U.S. troops will stay in eastern Syria to counter ISIS influence and “guard” the country’s largest oil fields in northern al-Hasakah and southeastern Deir Ezzor.