98th month of Coalition operations in Syria | Nearly 185 trucks arrive at US bases amid sending new reinforcements… Four security operations with SDF in Deir Ezzor • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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98th month of Coalition operations in Syria | Nearly 185 trucks arrive at US bases amid sending new reinforcements… Four security operations with SDF in Deir Ezzor

Completing the 98th consecutive month of military operations against the “Islamic State” in Syria, the International Coalition continues sending military reinforcement to SDF-held areas, carrying out raids, arrests and various security campaigns in several areas controlled by SDF. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in turn, tracked and monitored all operations and movements of the International Coalition during the last month.

 

In the 98th month of International Coalition operations in Syria, 185 trucks and vehicles affiliated to the Coalition, carrying military and logistical supplies, crossed into Syria from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in four batches on the 3rd, 5th, 16th and 21st of November. The trucks headed to the Coalition’s military bases in Al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor in north-east Syria region.

 

In the past month, SOHR activists also documented the participation of the International Coalition in four joint security operations with SDF, namely raids and airdrops, arresting ten members of ISIS cells. These security operations left four ISIS members dead.

 

Most prominent developments in the 98th month of Coalition operations in Syria:

On November 17, four missiles were fired from a military position of Iranian-backed militias near the industrial high school in Al-Mayadeen city, the “capital” of Iranian-backed militias in Deir Ezzor, targeting positions in the Coalition’s base in Al-Omar oil field.

Observatory sources reported that Iranian-backed militias put on high alert after the attack, where four-wheel drive vehicles (4×4) with heavy submachine guns and anti-aircraft guns installed over them arrived at a military centre near the paper plant in Al-Hesayniyah town in northern Deir Ezzor. It is worth noting that the paper plant is located nearly three kilometres away from Koniko gas field which hosts another base of the International Coalition.

Meanwhile, the US forces established centres in Al-Raqqah inside military barracks that were abandoned by regime forces years earlier.

According to reliable SOHR sources, the US forces supervised the establishment of helipad and a military centre inside the “17th Division”, where SDF members were stationed.

Moreover, the US forces work secretly, where the US flags were removed after they were raised inside the military barracks, for unknown reasons.

 

In early November, a group of young men intercepted a patrol of the International Coalition forces in eastern Deir Ezzor countryside. The young men threw stones at the US vehicles while passing through Jadid Bakara town, east of Deir Ezzor, marking the first incident of its kind in SDF-held areas controlled by SDF.

This came as a way of expressing their resentment over the poor living conditions in SDF-held areas. The protesters also threatened to escalate if their demands are ignored.

 

While on November 9, SOHR activists reported seeing the entry of a convoy consisting of eight vehicles of the international coalition forces, accompanied by leaders of the Syrian Democratic Forces into Manbij, north-east of Aleppo.

Another convoy also entered Ain Al-Arab (Kobani) in the eastern countryside of Aleppo to discuss developments in the region.

 

Moreover, on November 22, a Turkish drone hit a joint military base of the “International Coalition” and Counter-terrorism units in Asthah Al-Wazir area, north of Al-Hasakah city.

According to initial reports, the attack left two fighters of anti-terrorism units dead and three others critically injured.

 

November 2022: Another month passes and no investigation into alleged Coalition massacres

 

Despite SOHR repeated and “unheeded” appeals, International Coalition and SDF have not announced the results of interrogations with ISIS detainees and what happened to the thousands of abductees. The Syrian Observatory had previously called upon the international community to investigate reports regarding the killing of 200 ISIS operatives and their families, women, and children, in a massacre committed by the Coalition’s jets by bombing Al-Baghouz camp on March 21, 2019.

 

According to SOHR sources, 200 bodies were buried at dawn on that particular day, without information on whether the International Coalition was aware of the presence of children and women from ISIS families inside the camp or not.

 

However, all these appeals remain unanswered. Therefore, SOHR renews its calls and appeals to all relevant parties to disclose and announce the whole facts and hold accountable those responsible for the massacres and violations over the past five years, during which the Coalition was actively involved in the Syrian crisis.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, while providing adequate monitoring of Coalition operations in Syria, stresses once more that it would have been possible to avoid the heavy losses of Syrian civilian lives if the International Coalition had not ignored SOHR’s calls to spare and protect civilians from its military operations, where the presence of Islamic State militants or other jihadist groups in a civilian area does not in any way justify the blank and discriminate bombardment of the area and the loss of civilian lives.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also stresses that the negative impact of Turkish military intervention on civilians could have been avoided, if US Presidents had applied enough pressure on their Turkish counterparts to stop a new humanitarian crisis, displacing thousands and killing and injuring hundreds.

 

On the other hand, we at SOHR would like to remind the world that the oil and gas resources, controlled by the International Coalition, belong only to the Syrian people. Therefore, all the concerned parties are obliged under international laws and norms to preserve these resources and ensure that they will not be stolen or seized in any way; these resources do not belong to the “regime”, “Iran” or any other party; they belong only to the people of Syria, who have been suffering the brutalities of an ongoing war for over nine years. SOHR also warns of the repercussions of exploiting these sources, seizing them, or depriving the Syrians of their rights to resources.