‘America is running away’: Irate Kurds pelt withdrawing US forces with vegetables (VIDEO)
…from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: These Kurds are not stupid. They are not angry over what the US did, but what it is not going to do. The US money that has filtered down to all of them will no longer be there.
They will have to struggle like their fellow Syrians to rebuild the country, when they thought they were on the gravy train. We have below footage of them throwing spoiled produce at the withdrawing troops.
In a way I can understand their point about feeling cheated. Once the US gets a base established, the pattern has been set that it likes to stay forever so it can “influence” what is going on.
And by that I do not mean being a generous funding source, but to assure there remains a compliant US-friendly leadership that promotes US policy. If not, then we see the usual coup and replacement with someone more willing to play ball.
The US is not really gone. It will be hovering over the border in Iraq, ready to interfere when it wants, as was in the news today that 100 Special Ops people were being left behind to control the Omar oil field, ostensibly to protect it from ISIS. That force is not enough of course, but airpower and reinforcements are only a phone call away.
I guess no one told the US that the Syrian army would be happy to do that, seeing how it is their country. Welcome to the US showing how it brings freedom and democracy wherever it goes, for those that survive the initial onslaught, maybe … Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … October 21, 2019 –
A convoy of armoured personnel carriers is flanked on all sides by irate Kurds shouting “No America” and “America liar” in English while one resident can be heard describing US troops as fleeing “Like rats… America is running away,” in Arabic.
The angry citizens appear to be firing potatoes at their departing former allies but the Rudaw news agency reports that tomatoes were the projectile of choice.
#Kurds throw potatoes at #UStroops withdrawing from #Syria
Credits: ANHA HAWAR NEWS
The Kurds were blindsided by US President Donald Trump’s decision at the beginning of October to pull back US troops from border regions in Syria, essentially abandoning the US’ long-standing Kurdish allies as Turkey advanced across the border.
Turkish President Erdogan has agreed to pause his military offensive into Kurdish-controlled areas for five days, with the ceasefire expiring Tuesday. Meanwhile, more than 100 US armoured vehicles and roughly 1,000 personnel were filmed entering Iraq from Dohuk province in Syria, crossing into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq.
On October 9, Trump ordered a general withdrawal from Syria, arguing that he was pulling US troops out of “endless wars” in the Middle East. While Trump has framed it as bringing US troops home, many are merely being redeployed to Iraq.
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