U.S. troops cross into Iraq from Syria as part of American withdrawal

By Matt Bradley, Yuka Tachibana and Saphora Smith

DOHUK, Iraq —United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria as the U.S. begins to withdraw most of its troops from the region.

NBC News journalists saw a convoy of U.S. military vehicles with American flags on the outskirts of Dohuk, a city in Iraqi Kurdistan some 45 miles from the border with Syria.

Video circulating on social media appeared to show people throwing hand-held projectiles at U.S. troops as they moved through towns in northeastern Syria. NBC News could not independently verify the videos.

Much of the Kurdish-majority population in northeastern Syria feel betrayed by the U.S.’s withdrawal, which has left them more vulnerable to the Turkish assault. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been crucial U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State group and some are still working with the U.S. to defend oilfields from militants in the northeast.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State group militants and "to help defend Iraq."

Read more: CBSNEWS.COM

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