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Angry Kurds were filmed throwing rocks and garbage at the armored vehicles of U.S. troops as they left northern Syria.
The videos taken by local media outlets in the region show the upset civilians in Qamishli, Syria throwing the different objects at the military's vehicles. One man can be heard shouting, "F*ck America, what happened to you?”
#Kurdish residents in the city of Qamishli block the path of the American forces withdrawing from northern #Syria and throw tomatoes at them following President Trump's order for the #US soldiers to retreat from the region - ANHA pic.twitter.com/PB513uC8ft— Rudaw English (@RudawEnglish) October 21, 2019
President Trump issued the withdrawal to of U.S forces in northern Syria to avoid causalities when the Turkish military invaded the region. The Department of Defense revealed they are not leaving the area entirely, but are redeploying to western Iraq.
The redeployment away from Syria has been heavily criticized as abandoning the Kurds, who have been the primary local ally in the fight against ISIS.
As the convoy's entered Iraq, they were still met with angry Kurds, as some shouted, "F*ck you!" as they thew stones and other items at the vehicles.
Some locals this time in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, threw stones at arriving US convoy from Syria pic.twitter.com/vIjaZP7dye— Ragip Soylu (@ragipsoylu) October 21, 2019
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned ISIS will become a threat again without a U.S. presence because the Turkish military and its militias will be focusing on eradicating the Kurds instead.
"We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don’t recover. We may want a war over, we may even declare it over. You can pull your troops out, as President Obama learned the hard way out of Iraq, but the enemy gets a vote, we say in the military. If we don’t keep pressure on, then ISIS will resurge. It’s absolutely a given that they will come back," Mattis said.