Syrian gov't rules out communication with Kurdish forces amid Turkish assault


In an apparent reference to Turkish-backed Syrian rebels, the administration said in a statement that "mercenaries" had attacked the camp where "Daesh elements" - a reference to Islamic State - in turn attacked camp guards and opened the gates.

Turkey pursued its four-day-old, cross-border offensive in opposition to a Syrian Kurdish militia regardless of an outcry from america and European Union and warnings of attainable sanctions except Ankara known as off its assault. But a spokesman for one of the factions said the rebels had yet to take control of the whole town.

Turkey's stated objective is to set up a "safe zone" inside Syria to resettle numerous 3.6 million Syrian war refugees it has been hosting.

Turkey views the United States' support of the Kurds and YPG as "an ill-conceived policy to arm one terrorist group to fight another", Aybet said.

As a result of Turkish shelling and air attacks there are many civilian casualties among Kurds in Syria.

Turkey says it wants to create a "safe zone" free of militia it sees as terrorists, but Ankara has drawn widespread condemnation, including from Switzerland. Other NATO allies Germany and France said they were banning weapons exports to Turkey.

The Turkey-backed fighters have denied her killing, saying they had not advanced that far, according to Reuters news agency. Aid agencies have warned of a humanitarian crisis, with almost a half-million people at risk in northeastern Syria.

"The nine civilians were executed at different moments south of the town of Tal Abyad", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

He accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of taking "impulsive action" and warned that the operation "risks the security of ISIS (Islamic State) prison camps".

"Against the backdrop of the Turkish military offensive in northeastern Syria, the Federal Government will not issue any new permits for all armaments that could be used by Turkey in Syria", Mass told Bild am Sonntag. "We have to bring our great heroes, our great soldiers, we have to bring them home. Many people are sleeping in tents".

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In Turkey, 18 civilians have been killed in cross-border bombardment, Turkish media and officials say, including eight people in a mortar and rocket attack on the border town of Nusaybin, the local governor's office said.

After the Islamic State group swept across the region in 2014, the Kurd-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) mounted a fierce defence of their heartland and became the US-led coalition's main partner on the ground.

Turkey considers the group a threat for links to a decades-long Kurdish insurgency at home.

The Turks aim to established a 20-mile strip of territory along its 566-mile border with Syria where it will relocate the 3.6 million Syrian refugees still in Turkish territories.

The developments have been accompanied by rising disapproval over Turkey's cross-border offensive, with Trump's administration warning the operation was causing "great harm" in relations with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and threatening to impose sanctions on Ankara. On Friday, a number of artillery rounds landed a few hundred yards from a US observation post near the Kurdish-controlled city of Kobani, the Pentagon said.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union - has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.

On Oct. 11, the defense ministry rejected claims that the Turkish army targeted a US observation post east of the Euphrates in northern Syria amid its counter-terror operation. "US forces, their location was sacked upon".

"Every kind of precaution was taken so no damage came to the US base", Akar said.

The invasion has prompted a raft of worldwide sanctions against Turkey. The US president allowed this operation to happen; claiming that Turkey is going beyond bounds is false outrage.