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Dozens of US troops leave Syria's Hasakah, cross into northern Iraq: Report

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 15 November 2020 6:25 PM

The US military has reportedly withdrawn dozens of its troops and armored vehicles from a base in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, and moved them to a location in the northern sector of neighboring Iraq.

The Arabic service of Russia's Sputnik news agency, citing local sources, reported on Saturday that a number of military vehicles with some 50 soldiers aboard left the base on the outskirts of the town of Malikiyah, and crossed through the al-Walid border crossing into Iraq.

The sources added that the development was the second of its kind within the past two days.

The news comes amid media speculations that the White House intends to pull out American soldiers from northern and eastern Syria, especially after outgoing US President Donald Trump dismissed Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, and replaced him in an acting capacity with Christopher Miller.

US-backed SDF militant gunned down in Hasakah

Separately, unknown gunmen shot and killed a militant affiliated with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hasakah province.

Local sources, requesting anonymity, told Syria's official news agency SANA that the armed men fatally shot the man inside the al-Hawl refugee camp.

Several SDF militants were also injured when a roadside bomb explosion struck their military vehicle near al-Salhabiyah village, west of Raqqah city.

Security conditions are reportedly getting worse in SDF-controlled areas in Syria's Raqqah, Hasakah and Dayr al-Zawr provinces.

Locals complain that the SDF's raids and arrest campaigns have generated a state of frustration and instability.

Residents accuse the US-sponsored militants of stealing crude oil and refusing to spend money on services.

Local councils affiliated with the SDF have also been accused of financial corruption.

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