Turkish-led forces advance into Syrian border town

Targeting US in Syria 'out of question' says defense minister

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the offensive aims to remove the Kurdish-led forces from the border area and create a "safe zone" so millions of Syrian refugees can be returned.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu dismissed an offer by US President Donald Trump to mediate between Ankara and Kurdish YPG forces to halt Turkey's incursion in Syria, according to the transcript of an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Aid groups have warned of a looming humanitarian crisis, with civilians struggling to find shelter, food and water.

Khalaf was the secretary general of the Future Syria party.

The SDF are facing numerous Turkish ground and air assaults along a stretch of the Turkey-Syria border about 75 miles (120km) long.

Turkish soldiers and militia allies battled their way into a strategic Kurdish border town on Saturday as they stepped up their assault on northeastern Syria in defiance of mounting global protests and threats of United States sanctions.

Seventy-four Kurdish-led fighters, 49 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and 30 civilians have been killed in the fighting, according to the Observatory.

Turkey has heavily bombarded the towns and made steady advances, prompting tens of thousands of civilians to flee. We are in actuality combating on two fronts: "one front in opposition to the Turkish invasion and a front in opposition to Daesh", he mentioned.

"You are leaving us to be slaughtered", Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, in a meeting Thursday, according to an internal U.S. government readout that has been obtained exclusively by CNN. "So the Kurds that we've been talking to say they are soon going to face a campaign of genocide, a campaign of ethnic cleansing that President Trump gave the green light to".

A rebel group fighting under the Syrian National Army banner said it had momentarily cut off part of the M4 highway, the main east-west artery running through the Kurds' enclave to the Syrian-Iraqi border.

In its first big attack since the assault began, Daesh claimed responsibility for a deadly vehicle bomb on Friday in Qamishli, the largest city in the Kurdish-held area.

The Kurds have made clear they feel betrayed by Mr Trump's withdrawal of U.S. forces. "The US demands that Turkey avoid actions that could result in immediate defensive action".

Thousands of people, some shouting "Erdogan terrorist", took to the streets of Paris and other European cities on Saturday in protest at the Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria.

A bill to issue sanctions against Turkish officials and banks involved in the offensive was introduced by the Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel, and the committee's ranking Republican Mike McCaul. The social media account which shared the image falsely attributed it to Turkey's ongoing operation - and it also supports Saleh Muslim, a so-called former leader of PYD/PKK.



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