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U.S. troops in Syria come under fire from Turkish forces: Pentagon

U.S. Soldiers of 173rd Regiment Brigade Support Battalion prepare for a convoy to a tactical operation center during exercise Swift Response 17 at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Germany Oct. 11 2017 Conflicting Reports Emerge as US Special Forces Reportedly Come Under Fire Amid Turkish Shelling
Russell Knight | 13 October, 2019, 03:27

A military vehicle drives past Syrian rebel fighters near Tal Abyad, Syria, October 11, 2019, in this still image obtained from video.

Buoyed by a night of steady advances in the countryside, Turkish troops and their Syrian allies entered the battleground town of Ras al-Ain, sources on both sides said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said that Berlin will not issue any new arms export permits to Turkey in light of its Northern Syrian offensive.

Turkey says it will take responsibility for IS prisoners it finds during its offensive.

The Turkish assault has raised alarm about its humanitarian fall-out.

Ankara began its onslaught against the YPG militia, which it says is a terrorist group backing Kurdish rebels in Turkey, after Trump withdrew some U.S. troops there to support Kurdish forces in the fight against Islamic State.

Turkey announced it took the center of Ras al Ain Syrian town.

"One U.S. official told CNN the U.S. does not believe the Turkish shelling near U.S. troops posted near Kobani was an accident and that it was likely created to chase the U.S. from the area", the news outlet reported, noting that "the U.S. has previously announced that it gave Turkey "explicit grid coordinate detail" of U.S. positions in Syria". "Mine and booby trap searches are being carried out".

Asked about the accusation that Turkey-backed groups had killed Khalaf, the spokesman for the Turkey-backed National Army, which groups Syrian rebel factions, said they had not made it as far as the highway known as the M4.

In response, the senior Turkish official said fighting was going on in "two small areas" of Ras al Ain but that "nearly all" YPG forces had fled to the south. Turkish artillery continued to bombard parts of the town, a Reuters reporter said.

Navy Capt. Brook DeWalt, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement that the USA troops "came under artillery fire" but were unharmed and that there was an explosion. "I think it's very unfair they're hostage to this ill-begotten policy [of] arming one terrorist group to fighter another", referring to the Islamic State (ISIS) in the region.

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Iran's call came on the fourth day of Turkey's offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey's Government believes has links to the PKK.

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

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

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

The SDF had earlier reported that a group of "mercenaries of the Turkish army" had killed a number of civilians on the road after infiltrating the area, without identifying them.

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw United States troops from the area effectively triggered the Turkish incursion against the SDF - the main Western allies in the fight against IS.

Turkey's assault on the Kurdish-controlled region of northeastern Syria has raised global alarm over its mass displacement of civilians and the possibility of a revival by Islamic State in Syria.

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

The military campaign of Turkey against the Kurdish forces also led to the displacement of 100,000 civilians, according to the observatory and a recent United Nations report.

The US says it has already plucked two of the most high-profile IS jihadists to have been captured and spirited them out of Syria.

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