HASAKAH and QABRE HEWORE (AL-QAHTANIYAH), Syria – On Monday, reports began circulating on social media stating a U.S. convoy had been attacked near Ruwaishid village in the southern Hasakah countryside, an image of an upturned Humvee accompanied the reports.
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However, spokesperson for the International Coalition Col. Myles B. Caggins III quickly debunked the reports of U.S. forces being targeted in the region.
.@VivaRevolt, thanks for your concern. No attack occurred. This is fake news that originated from a dubious “news” source. 🤥 Ev nûçeyek derew e, ji çavkaniyeke bi guman e. 🙅🏾♂️
هذا خبر مزيف، من مصدر غير موثوق https://t.co/LXi1KRwRzh
— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) April 20, 2020
The false report comes on the tail a real and deadly ambush of U.S and Syrian Democratic Forces patrol in the Deir ez-Zor countryside on 6 April 2020 that left one U.S. servicemember and two SDF members dead.
The area southeast an east of Deir ez-Zor has seen an increasingly bold presences of Islamic State sleeper cells.
In other news, anonymous assailants sabotaged oil pipelines south of the town of Qabre Hewore (Al-Qahtaniyah), east of the city of Zalin (Qamishli) with an explosive device causing material damage.
U.S. forces have stated that Iranian-backed militias have been covertly targeting the U.S. presence and its interests in North and East Syria, which requires a counter U.S. response.