Syrian Kurds, angry at the departure of United States military forces from the northeastern city of Qamishli, pelted the troops with potatoes as they drove from the area.
Calling them “rats” and “liar[s],” residents threw the foodstuff at the troops, encapsulating the fear and anger that many Kurds feel at the U.S. military’s departure from their homeland. American military presence in the area has long served as insurance against anti-Kurd attacks from the Syrian government.
President Trump has received bipartisan criticism for his decision to withdrawal the troops. The Associated Press reported that, in the town of Tal Tamr, one man was holding a sign while the soldiers departed reading: “Thanks for U.S. people, but Trump betrayed us.”