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Video appears to show US troops being pelted with stones and rotten fruit as they pull out of Syria

Will Martin , Business Insider US
 Oct 21, 2019, 04:58 PM
Video posted by Syrian news agency Hewar News shows US troops being bombarded with rocks and fruit during their withdrawal from Syria.
YouTube/Hewar News
  • Video appears to show a US Army vehicle being pelted with stones and rotten fruit in the Syrian border town of Qamishli as troops withdraw from the country.
  • The video, posted by the Hawar News, a Kurdish agency linked to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shows a US military vehicle reversing slowly down a road while two men throw what appear to be rocks at it.
  • "Extraordinary scenes in Qamishli as withdrawing US force is pelted with stones and rotten fruit," Adam Harvey, a journalist for Australia's ABC News, said in a tweet.
  • The video has emerged after US President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to pull US forces out of northeastern Syria, where they had been aiding in the fight against ISIS.
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Video appears to show US troops on the Syrian border being pelted with stones by local men during their withdrawal from the country after US President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to pull out.

The video, posted on YouTube by Hawar News, a Kurdish agency linked to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), appears to show US troops driving through the streets of Qamishli, a town on the Syria-Turkey border. As they move through the town, local people pelt their vehicle with rocks and fruit.

"Extraordinary scenes in Qamishli as withdrawing US force is pelted with stones and rotten fruit," Adam Harvey, a journalist for Australia's ABC News said in a tweet.

The vehicle appears to be a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Oshkosh M-ATV, a lightly armored vehicle used frequently by the US Army in the Middle East.

Business Insider has not been able to independently verify the video's authenticity.

In a separate video posted to Twitter by Harvey, a local can be seen throwing what appears to be a stone at a US military vehicle.

The videos have emerged as US troops withdraw from Syria following Trump's decision to end the US military's presence in the northeast of the country earlier this month.

The US withdrawal from Syria led to a swift mobilisation from Turkey, which launched a military offensive against US-backed Kurdish forces just days after Trump's withdrawal announcement.

The US announced on Thursday that it brokered a ceasefire agreement between Turkish troops and the Kurdish-led fighters, though both sides have accused each other of breaching the truce.

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