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US-backed rebel fighters eject American troops from Syrian town

A video footage shows FSA militants hurling abuses at the American commandos in Syria's al-Rai town (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)

Al-Rai, Aleppo Governorate, Syria Sep 17, 2016, 02.29 PM (IST)

Free Syrian Army militants were seen driving out United States troops from a border town in a video clip put up on Twitter, a development that can have repurcussions in the FSA-US relations.

The US Central Command is investigating the footage, its spokesperson said.

The footage shows FSA militants hurling abuses at the American commandos in al-Rai town near the Turkish border.

One man can be heard shouting "dogs, agents of America" in Arabic while others call the American troops "crusaders", "pigs" and "infidels". They are even heard chanting, "They (America) are coming to Syria to occupy it."
 



Another voice in the video can be seen saying in Arabic: "We won't accept any Americans participating alongside us." 

This one of the first documented instances where some sections of the FSA have voiced their opposition to US' presence on their soil.

The vitriol against the US forces further complicates matters in the years-long Syria war. Although FSA is backed by the US, the video suggests not everything is fine between the two, perhaps because of America's partnership with Kurdish militia. 

(WION)

 

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