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Turkish, Kurdish fighters continue clashes despite cease-fire

Turkish, Kurdish fighters continue clashes despite cease-fire”

Now, she and her four children - along with her sister and her two young ones - are residents of white canvas tent No. B278 in a fast-growing, United Nations-run camp on the scorched high plains of Iraqi Kurdistan. We've come to behead you, you infidels, you apostates. "How long can we live like this?"

In two weeks, the conflict in northeastern Syria - where President Trump ordered the withdrawal of US forces as Turkish forces advanced into Syrian territory - has displaced more than 200,000 people, according to various official estimates.

Trump's sudden troop withdrawal and the Turkish attack on the SDF have alarmed Western countries, which fear it could allow thousands of Islamic State fighters detained by the Kurdish-led force to escape and regroup.

He said US troops departing from Syria would go to western Iraq, where they would have two missions.

Both sides accuse each other of repeatedly violating the three-day-old ceasefire.

Previous agreements between the USA and Turkey over a "safe zone" along the Syria-Turkish border floundered over the diverging definitions of the area.

Trump later said he held a phone call with Erdogan and that the Turkish leader "very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work".

The broader Kurdish pullback, if it is carried out, will grant Turkish forces control of the swathe of territory roughly in the middle of the Syrian-Turkish border. However, the statement doesn't mention whether Kurds will leave other cities as well.

Turkey has said it wants to oversee that area.

A poll conducted by Metropoll, found 75 percent of people in Turkey disapprove of the government polices towards Syrian refugees. Under the deal, Turkish forces would halt military operations for 120 hours to allow the SDF to retreat.

More news: Hundreds of thousands flee Turkey's incursion into northern Syria

On Saturday, Abdi said the U.S. was not doing enough to force Ankara to abide by the agreement, a day after Turkish-led bombardment killed 14 civilians.

On Saturday, medical convoys were able to enter Ras al-Ayn for the first time, delivering medical supplies and bringing out 30 wounded and four dead.

Turkey is allied with the Syrian National Army rebel group.

In this Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 photo, Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters ride atop their armored personnel carrier to cross the border into Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.

But the Kurdish Rojava Information Center said Sunday that a convoy had successfully returned from the besieged border town of Ras al-Ayn with wounded civilians and fighters.

Some refugees also were wary of the advance of Syrian army troops. Syrian Kurdish forces, having lost their USA benefactors, invited President Bashar Assad's troops back to the region, from which Syrian government forces had largely withdrawn in 2012.

Abandoned by their American allies, the Kurds - with Russia's mediation - invited Damascus to send troops into northeastern Syria as protection from Turkish forces. "Now we need to make sure that the commitments that were made in that statement are honoured", Pompeo said. "But the Turks - they are something completely different". God willing, we're coming for you'.

The Kurdish official meanwhile said his force had negotiated with the Americans the details of its pull-back from the border, starting with the Ras al-Ayn evacuation. He stood outside his assigned tent, next to the one occupied by his wife, two daughters and several grandchildren who also fled Ras al-Ayn.

'To all those who are anxious that ISIS may come back. "Maybe, this time, we will go to another country".



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