Transcript for Gunmen open fire on US military at Syrian checkpoint
Tonight, American troops have come under fire in Syria. The u.s.-led patrol and the confrontation with pro-syrian supporters. The Americans firing back. Those Americans part of the U.S. Troops still in Syria, on the hunt for ISIS. This video showing local supporters of the Syrian regime opening fire at a U.S. Convoy. ABC's James Longman from Syria tonight. Reporter: Tonight, American troops attacked in Syria. U.S. Military vehiclesing, their flags clearly visible, stopped at a Syrian regime checkpoint. Gunmen opening fire. A child runs away in the chaos. One gunman killed and another wounded. This is the first time the U.S. Has been directly engaged by a government-backed group here. We have been on the ground here in Syria with the U.S. Military who are still working to keep the peace in Syria's complex civil war. You get a sense of just how ferocious this attack must have been. Take a look at how badly damaged the turret is, and the gunner who was in there was covered in oil after those gunmen tried to set fire to this vehicle. These American soldiers are some of only a few hundred left since October, when president trump ordered the pullout of all U.S. Forces. But the decision was reversed after international outcry for desserting the kurds, who fought alongside American troops. We met major general Eric hill commander of the special ops task force where he told us they still have ISIS a threat. How has the mission changed for the United States? Because I think a lot of people at home will be surprised to see that the U.S. Is still here in Syria. Right. Our mission now is very clear. We're still here to complete the enduring defeat of Daesh. Reporter: Daesh, ISIS fighters and the new threat to the region since the U.S. Drawdown? Countries like Russia, moving in to unguarded lands, trying to fill the vacuum. Just today, we saw Russian soldiers among that crowd, as the U.S. Prepared to leave. The crowd begins shouting, "Death to America." While driving with one of the American convoys, we ask about the Russians. It must pretty strange to see, you know, a Russian flag and an American flag up against one another in Syria? Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. But we are focused on making sure everything is de-escalated. Reporter: Today's incident is a stark reminder of a dangerous limbo this region was left in after the chaos of October's partial withdrawal. For U.S. Troops, what was already a complex situation is now more uncertain than ever. David? James Longman from northeast Syria tonight.
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