Turkish President Erdogan defends Syria intrusion as thousands flee
Turkey’s descent opposite Kurds in Syria continues as shelling and aerial bombardments strike towns and cities; Benjamin Hall reports from London.
Turkish army prisoner a pivotal Syrian limit city after complicated barrage and extreme fighting Saturday on a fourth day of an descent that has drawn general condemnation.
Turkey’s Defense Ministry and a war-monitoring organisation said Turkish infantry took Ras al-Ayn, imprinting a poignant benefit given a descent began Wednesday, according to reports.
“Ras al-Ayn’s residential core has been taken underneath control by a successful operations in a easterly of Euphrates (River),” a method pronounced on Twitter, according to a Associated Press.
A Turkish military armored car patrols a city of Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, during a limit with Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. The towns along Turkey’s limit with northeastern Syria have been on high warning after dozens of mortars dismissed from Kurdish-held Syria landed, murdering several civilians. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Turkey’s pull into Syria comes days after President Trump privileged a approach for Turkey’s atmosphere and belligerent offensive, pulling behind U.S. army from a area and observant he wanted to stop removing concerned with “endless wars.” Trump’s preference drew quick bipartisan criticism.
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On Saturday, Turkey denied targeting U.S. army after a Pentagon pronounced infantry serve west had come underneath fire, a BBC reported.
The Pentagon pronounced Friday U.S. infantry came underneath Turkish artillery glow circuitously a Syrian limit city of Kobani.
Turkey pronounced it took all precautions to forestall any mistreat to a U.S. bottom while it was responding to Kurdish glow from a circuitously area, Reuters reported.
In this print taken from a Turkish side of a limit between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, a city of Tel Abyad can be seen inside Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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“U.S. and bloc soldiers were really not hit. Indeed a required coordination is being carried out by a domicile and a Americans,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as observant on Saturday, according to Reuters.
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The war-monitoring organisation a Syrian Observatory for Human Rights pronounced 74 Kurdish fighters have been killed given Wednesday as good as 49 Turkey-backed Syrian antithesis fighters and 21 civilians.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.