U.S. troops cross into Iraq from Syria

A convoy of US troops head toward the Iraqi borders in northeastern of Syria. EPA-EFE/AHMED MARDNLI

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United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk.

Witnesses saw more than 100 vehicles crossing. U.S. Defence 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 militants and “to help defend Iraq”.

On Thursday, Turkey agreed in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to a five-day pause in an offensive into north-eastern Syria to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara aims to establish near its border with Syria.

Via Reuters

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