Efforts to block the passage of US convoys don’t always end peacefully. In August 2020, a firefight ensued between a heavily armed US convoy and lightly armed Syrian forces, leaving one Syrian soldier dead and two others injured. The Pentagon originally claimed that the Syrian army was responsible for the deadly incident. However, in September 2021, Task & Purpose magazine published excerpts from
a redacted report revealing that a US Army platoon sergeant involved in the firefight was facing a court-martial for his alleged misconduct before and after the battle, including making unlawful threats against Syrian soldiers, violating orders, and attempting to hide evidence of malfeasance.