France's Macron Warns Turkish Offensive In Syria Could Aid Islamic State

Boys stand at the back of a truck as they flee Ras al Ain town Syria

Boys stand at the back of a truck as they flee Ras al Ain town Syria

Turkey's interior minister said hundreds of mortars, fired from Syria, have landed in Turkish border towns. "Mine and booby trap searches are being carried out".

Fighting on the Syrian border with Turkey has prevented the SDF from securing IS detention camps in areas under its control, senior official Redur Xelil said in a televised statement on Saturday.

Turkish forces are moving in on the region to reclaim it from the YPG, a group of Kurdish fighters. Turkish artillery continued to shell parts of the town, a Reuters reporter said.

The president is already facing strong condemnation after Newsweek revealed that U.S. Special Forces in Syria-stationed in the majority-Kurdish city of Kobani-inadvertently came under artillery fire by Turkish troops.

Mass stopped short of announcing a complete halt on weapons sales to Ankara, instead stating that weapons that could be used against the Kurds in Northern Syria will be affected.

The statement called upon the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to fulfill its duty with regard to the Turkish aggression against Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Turkey won't stop until the Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw below a 32 kilometer (20 mile) deep line from the border.

Ankara says its forces' mission is to establish a safe zone run by its mainly Arab Syrian allies in which some of the 3.6 mllion mainly Arab refugees in Syria can be rehoused.

Erdogan has threatened to send them to Europe if the European Union does not back his assault.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced on Saturday that four civilians were killed in Tal Abyad when an airstrike hit the vehicle in which they were fleeing the fighting, while another three were shot dead by snipers around the border town. Intense gunfire also resounded within Ras al Ain in the early hours, while warplanes could be heard flying overhead.

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.

An AFP correspondent in the area said Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels had entered the town but had yet to capture it.

Turkey considers Kurdish militants in northern Syria a "terrorist" offshoot of Kurdish insurgents in its own territory.

"There was no shooting of the US observation point".

According to the war-monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 74 Kurdish fighters have been killed since Wednesday, as well as 21 civilians and 49 Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters. You are leaving us to be slaughtered, ' he said, according to CNN.

At least 23 SDF fighters have been killed, bringing the over death toll since the Turkish offensive began on Wednesday to 81, said the Syrian Observatory monitoring group.

"He expressed the UK's grave concern about Turkey's military operation in northern Syria, which he said could further worsen the humanitarian situation there and undermine the progress made against Islamic State", a No 10 spokesman said. The Kurdish forces hold 11,000 Islamic State (IS) militants, who were captured in different operations.

A Pentagon official told Newsweek that the Turks "should know" where the USA positions are. "God willing victory will be ours".

Trump's decision to pull out of the region cleared the way for this week's Turkish offensive against Kurds in northeast Syria whom it sees as a threat.

USA military officials denied lawmakers' accusations that Washington abandoned US allies.

Turkey's defense minister on October 12 said that targeting the U.S.

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