Turkey's military crosses into Syria, targets SDF positions

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The column praises Trump for his decision to withdraw American troops.

On the accusations of betraying the Kurdish fighters, Trump on Wednesday stated that he condemned the Turkish military operation and said: "In no way have we abandoned the Kurds".

Turkish troops have been bombarding the town of Tal Abyad since the start of their ground offensive against Kurdish fighters on Wednesday. Some made victory signs, shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) and waving Syrian rebel flags as they advanced towards Ras al Ain.

'Presently, part of the Syrian territory is controlled by terrorists, ' Erdogan added, Trendreports on October 10 referring to the Turkish media.

Thousands of civilians are fleeing northern Syria as Turkey continues its assault against US-allied Kurdish forces for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and artillery, sending columns of black smoke rising along the border between the two nations.

Wyo., along with 20 Republican colleagues, said Thursday that legislation is being introduced to sanction Turkey for its military offensive against USA -backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Turkish Defense Minister Akar said a total of 342 "terrorists" had been killed in the incursion so far.

Turkey deems the YPG the Syrian offshoot of the illegal PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization also by the United States and the EU.

Kurds said they were resisting the assault.

The territory on the Syrian side of the border is now controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which Ankara considers to be affiliated with the PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation in Turkey.

It wants a 30-kilometre (20-mile) wide buffer zone along the border, which can also serve as an area to repatriate millions of Syrian refugees now living in Turkey.

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The Kurds are longtime US allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.

They saw this as a gross betrayal of the Kurds, who have played a major role in defeating ISIS in Syria and have lost up to 11,000 fighters in the process.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for an emergency meeting of the coalition of more than 30 countries created to fight ISIL.

But many members of Congress, and USA officials, credit the Kurds with fighting alongside American troops to defeat Islamic State militants.

"I call on Turkey not to follow the path it has chosen", Blok said on Twitter.

US lawmakers have said Trump gave Erdogan the green light to go into Syria but the official disputed that.

"I hope we can mediate", Trump said when asked about the options by reporters at the White House.

Some 64,000 people have already reportedly fled their homes, the International Rescue Committee aid organisation said.

But Turkish forces have been massing on the Syrian border, and Erdogan has been threatening to invade, for months with no indication the United States was trying to mediate.

His decision to withdraw US forces has been met with widespread criticism, including from senior members of his own Republican party, who accuse him of abandoning loyal allies of Washington.

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