Syrian residents throw potatoes at departing US vehicles

Residents of the city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria, angry at the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region, hurled potatoes and rotten fruit at American military vehicles as they left the heavily Kurdish city on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

Residents reportedly shouted “no America” and “America liar” in English. Another man yelled “Like rats, America is running away” in Arabic while someone else shouted about the civilian killings attributed to the Turkish military since it advanced into the region.


Other protests have emerged throughout the region, with residents accusing the U.S. and the Trump administration of betraying previously U.S.-backed Kurdish forces after they played a key role in the fight against ISIS.

Near the town of Tal Tamr, departing U.S. troops were met by local protesters on Sunday, with one man blocking a U.S. van while holding a poster reading “Thanks for US people, but Trump betrayed us,” according to the AP.

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Under a cease-fire brokered by U.S. officials, Kurdish fighters on Sunday retreated from the town of Ras al-Ayn near the border with Turkey. The agreement requires the Kurds to pull out of a stretch of about 75 miles along the border, which includes Qamishli, according to the news service.

Redur Khalil, a senior Kurdish official, said that forces under his command will comply with the agreement but that a mechanism was needed to protect Kurdish civilians who wish to remain in their towns. "The American guarantor remains weak in its position in deterring the Turkish violations," he said, according to the AP.