A Reuters cameraman saw over 100 vehicles crossing. An Iraqi Kurdish security supply also told Reuters the U.S. soldiers had crossed to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Around 30 trailers and Hummers carrying heavier duty gear sailed, together with troops in automobiles coming, the source added. Another safety supply in Mosul also stated U.S. troops had crossed into Iraq out of Sahela.U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated on Saturday that most the nearly 1,000 soldiers withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to proceed to western Iraq to keep the effort against Islamic State team militants and”to help defend Iraq. “On Thursday, Turkey agreed in discussions with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence into some five-day pause within an offensive to northeastern Syria allowing time for its Kurdish fighters to draw from a”secure zone” Ankara intends to set near its boundary with Syria. The truce also planned to facilitate a crisis triggered by President Donald Trump’s surprising decision this month to draw all 1,000 U.S. troops out of northern Syria, a move criticized in Washington and elsewhere as a betrayal of faithful Kurdish allies that had fought for decades together with U.S. troops against ISIS.