Turkish blast lands close to US outpost in Syria today

Turkish blast lands close to US outpost in Syria today

Turkish blast lands close to US outpost in Syria today

DeWalt said no troops were injured and that USA forces have not been withdraw from a larger base in Kobani following the incident, although officials said a small number of US forces have vacated the outpost.

USA forces have had a successful partnership with Kurdish YPG militia in Syria to oust the Islamic State group.

Trump's decision drew swift bipartisan criticism that he was endangering regional stability and risking the lives of Syrian Kurdish allies who brought down the Islamic State group in Syria.

During the capture of Ras al-Ayn's residential centre, an Associated Press journalist across the border in Turkey heard sporadic clashes as Turkish howitzers struck the town and Turkish jets screeched overhead.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has warned Turkey to halt its incursion into northeastern Syria, warning it could have "serious consequences" for Ankara, the Pentagon said Friday.

France's president has discussed the Turkish offensive in Syria with U.S. President Donald Trump, and warned about a possible resurgence of Islamic State activity as a result of the military action.

The foreign ministry said that by accusing Turkey, rather than a "terrorist organisation that threatens the territorial integrity of Syria", the League was betraying the Arab world.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress have united to back sanctions on Turkey if it launches a full assault on the SDF.

"Earlier today, Turkish border outposts south of Suruç came under Dochka and mortar fire from the hills located approximately 1,000 meters southwest of a US observation post".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani echoed Syrian government's position on Wednesday by stating that it was Syria's army which should provide security in the borders of the Arab state including in Syria's northern borders with Turkey.

The more immediate risk is that USA forces in Syria will find themselves caught up in the spiraling violence or face a resurgent Islamic State.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin takes a question from a reporter after announcing the threat of sanctions on Turkey in the White House on Friday.

The measure is not binding, but it comes as more and more members of Congress are criticizing the administration over the issue.

Tuygan said Turkey had good relationships with Damascus eight years ago and he attributed the Syrian "headache" to democratic decline inside Turkey. Erdogan dismissed criticism of the assault and said it "will not stop, no matter what anyone says".

On Friday, the Pentagon said USA troops came under artillery fire from Turkish emplacements though none of its soldiers were wounded near the Syrian border town of Kobani, 60 km (37 miles) west of the main area of conflict. The necessary measures would have been taken to prevent USA mail from being hit. The city was also heavily shelled by Turkish forces. "It's an important infantry force for the offensive", said Emre Kursat Kaya, of the EDAM think-tank in Istanbul.

In its first big attack since the assault began on Tuesday, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a deadly auto bomb in Qamishli, the largest city in the Kurdish-held area, even as the city came under Turkish shelling.

USA military officials denied lawmakers' accusations that the Trump administration had abandoned US allies to a Turkish military onslaught. He said U.S. policy is to continue with a counter-Isis campaign except in one area of the incursion.

United States troops in the vicinity of the northern Syrian city of Kobani came under artillery fire from Turkish positions at approximately 9:00pm local time (1800 GMT) on Friday, the Pentagon said in a statement.

In a written statement, the chief Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, said that in a phone call Thursday with his Turkish counterpart, Esper "made it clear" that the USA opposes the incursion.

Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters have made gains recently capturing several northern villages in fighting and bombardment that left dozens of people killed or wounded.

Demonstrators take part in protest against Turkish military operation in Kurdistan, in front the of Turkish embassy in Warsaw, Poland on Friday.

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