SYRIA: OIR Spokesperson debunks claims of attack on U.S. convoy in Hasakah; Oil pipeline bombed south of Qabre Hewore (Al-Qahtaniyah)

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.

However, spokesperson for the International Coalition Col. Myles B. Caggins III quickly debunked the reports of U.S. forces being targeted in the region.

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.