Turkish-backed Syria n rebels advance into the border town of Ras al Ain as Turkey pursues a cross-border offensive against a Syria n Kurdish militia despite an outcry from the United States and European Union and warnings of possible sanctions
Turkish army vehicles and military personnel are stationed near the Turkish-Syrian border in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
The Turkish assault has raised alarm about its humanitarian fall-out. The regional Kurdish-led administration in Syria’s northeast said nearly 200,000 people had been displaced as a result, while the U.N. World Food Programme put the figure at more than 100,000 in the towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain.
Turkey’s Defence Ministry subsequently said Ras al Ain had been brought under control, with officials posting photos showing deserted streets and Syrian rebels standing on Kurdish militia flags.
“Now the SDF’s attack has started and there are very fierce clashes now,” he told Reuters. “The clashes are continuing in the industrial district,” he said, saying this was the part of Ras al Ain closest to the border.
Erdogan has dismissed the mounting condemnation of the operation and said on Friday evening that Turkey “will not stop it, no matter what anyone says”.
Kurdish-Led SDF says 23 of its fighters were killed on Friday
It was quieter at Tel Abyad, the operation’s other main target some 120 km (75 miles) to the west, with only occasional shelling heard in the area, a Reuters reporter said.
On Friday, the Pentagon said U.S. troops came under artillery fire from Turkish emplacements though none of its soldiers were wounded near the Syrian border town of Kobani, 60 km (37 miles) west of the main area of conflict.
Seventy-four Kurdish-led fighters, 49 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and 30 civilians have been killed in the fighting, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor.
The SDF’s Qamishlo said the attack was carried out by Islamic State (IS) sleeper cells.
Five IS militants fled a jail there, and foreign women from the group being held in a camp torched tents and attacked guards with sticks and stones, the SDF said.
“Blackmail and threats will never deter Turkey from its just cause,” Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter. “God willing victory will be ours.”
U.S. lawmakers introduced more legislation on Friday seeking stiff sanctions on Turkey over the offensive, underscoring unhappiness from both Democrats and President Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress over his Syria policy.
Reporting by Daren Butler, Tom Perry in Beirut, Omar Fahmy in Cairo and Reuters correspondents in the region; Editing by Mark HeinrichRead more: Reuters Top News
Out cry from USA ....LOL Turkey Gives Damn. Europarl_EN USAGov TurkeyIsATerrorState The Kurds don't need U.S. and EU lip service. They were abandoned and set up by the U.S. for the kill. Those sanctions are useless empty rhetorics. Syrian rebels are absolutely terrorists and radicals. .they don't have any moral rules
POTUS What the need of sanctions when iam dead already as a Kurd ? Pkk pyd is a terörist group Who armed by usa.usa must taken to human Rights court Siz kendinize haberci mi diyorsunuz? Sahtekarlar Sounds like a cluster mess. Turkish Syrian rebels, Syrian Kurdish rebels and the Syrians. Thank you realDonaldTrump for getting the U.S out of that quagmire. Who will be the last American to die in these endless wars? DNC GOP
YPG/SDF/PYD/PKK is terrorist organization. This child's sister killed from YPG/PKK. EU and Us have to remember their bloody past before assaulting another countries 🤬Turks are coming to deal out peace and justice,forever🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷
Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seize center of Syrian border town: senior Turkish officialTurkish-backed Syria n rebels seized control of the center of the Syria n border t... It will become the rise of ISIS and Al Qaeda. Those weapons will end up in Europe Continue until the last terrorist. Cry cry cry 🇹🇷
“outcry”? Trump & Western leaders are hoping that Turkey attacks that strip quickly and makes the occupation a fait accompli! Bunch of ungrateful cowards! To add insult to injury (literally) for the Kurds, the Turks are probably using some American and European made weaponry. “outcry from the United States”, “warning of possible sanctions”. Good grief, realDonaldTrump green lighted the process by pulling out early. Typical. He wasn’t happy just killing 7 children at his boarder, now he authored a genocide when he signed to withdraw troops!
As a NATO ally, Turkey fights against the terrorism of ISIS and PKK-YPG in Syria. PKK-YPG killed civilians in Turkey's Nusaybin and Akçakale districts. Turkey's so-called allies, instead of being with us in the fight, support terrorism. This is just garbage. Syria needs to be made whole again and their citizens repatriated. Enough of this.
CORRECTION Syrian Kurdish Terrorists! So, where is Trump's crushing retaliation if Turkey dared do this. Well, they did it! Many US allies and innocents have been killed. Lesson learned: don't rely on America, especially while Trump is in the White House. That’s because they know the USA 🇺🇸 is not going to do 💩 about it.. thanks to Trump and Putin !
The Latest: Turkish forces capture key Syrian border townAKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey 's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syria n Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Turkey says... Yeap :))))) 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷 With no resistance.... hardly surprising. They’ll keep displacing people and killing children until someone stops them
This is the hate-filled Middle East. Outcry helps absolutely nothing! they are not rebels patriots Out cry from the U S ... lmfao the U S sent them in . There needs to be a kurdish state or i see no end to these endless stupid wars Turks, Kurds, Arabs and Assyrians lived in this land for peace for hundreds of years. you are evil and do it for oil and Israel
Turkey's Erdogan threatens to send Syrian refugees to EuropePresident Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Ankara will send the 3.6 million Syria ... Lolol... shut his tourism industry down and see how long he lasts 🤣
Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting Turkey pressed its assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and sent panicked civilians scrambling. Ex U.S.-allied Kurdish forces, they were abandoned by USA. 'Kurdish forces'? What regiment do you suppose that kid was in? TrumpGenocide
Explosions rock Syrian border towns as Turkey begins offensiveExplosions rocked Syria n border towns as Turkey launched military operations. Turkey is targeting Kurdish militia in its long-threatened offensive. Air strikes and artillery killed at least seven civilians and three Kurdish force members, officials said. Thanks to D J Trump As long as there is no ISIS,we don't care the vendetta between Kurds and Turks,that's none of Americans' business. LindseyGrahamSC so.. your prays for the Kurds didn’t help! What are YOU going to do about it? You and GOP are responsible! KurdsBetrayedByGOP
Lindsey Graham Said Syrian Kurds Were ‘Threat’ to Turkey in Prank CallGraham also appeared to assure the fake Turkish official that his party would help an Erdogan ally get off easy for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran . 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 The only thing he believes in is keeping whatever they have on him secret. It may have been a prank, but it was a revealing one! Schiff should hire these guys!