Kurdish Civilians Throw Stones and Rotten Fruit at Withdrawing U.S. Troops
U.S. troops were pelted with stones and rotten fruit by civilians in a Kurdish area of Syria, a new video shows. People in the city of Qamishli threw the objects at U.S. army vehicles as they were withdrawing from the area. The video has now been verified by several major news outlets.
U.S. forces are leaving Northern Syria for Iraq following President Donald Trump’s decision to end American involvement in the region. Turkey almost immediately invaded and it is widely believed the Kurds will suffer ethnic cleansing.
Stones and rotten fruit for the withdrawing US force. What a farce this has been. pic.twitter.com/PN82C6I18a
— Adam Harvey (@adharves) October 21, 2019
The locals also held signs shaming U.S. troops for leaving. The Kurds have been key allies in the fight against ISIS but must now fend for themselves in the face of an impending Turkish onslaught.
“To the US Army who are leaving northeast Syria now tell your children that the children of the Kurds were killed by the Turks and we did nothing to protect them,” one of the signs said.
Reports suggest that the Kurds threw tomatoes and possibly potatoes at departing U.S. vehicles. The sense of betrayal is palpable.
When American troops first arrived in North Syria, kurds received them as heroes with flowers and ululation.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) October 21, 2019
“Its the biggest betrayal in history. We will never forget that,” one journalist covering the region reported the locals as saying.