Estimated 100,000 forced to flee as Turkish invasion pushes deeper into Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would

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Turkey's defence ministry said today that one its soldier was killed during clashes with Kurdish militia in the northern Syria operation as it continued its push across the border.

The Kurdish Red Crescent said there had been 11 confirmed civilian deaths so far and 28 serious injuries, mostly in Ras al-Ain and another border town, Qamishli. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said four Turkey-allied Syrian opposition fighters were killed Thursday in a village near the Syrian town of Tal Abyad after an ambush by Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Ankara launched "Operation Peace Spring" on Wednesday against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which it considers a "terrorist" off-shoot of Kurdish insurgents in Turkey.

The photo was taken from the Turkish side of the border in Akcakale on October 10, the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Almost 70 were injured.

The third such Turkish operation since the start of the war in Syria was met with fierce global condemnation, including among Trump's own allies, over what many saw as the blatant betrayal of a faithful ally.

Justifying the move to withdraw USA forces, President Donald Trump on Wednesday condemned America's military interventions in the Middle East, saying that the country has spent an estimated United States dollars 8 trillion in "fighting and policing" in the region, and lost thousands of soldiers over the years. In the end, European Union governments, rather than do the tough work of enforcing the border, basically bribed Turkey to shut down the flow.

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The Turkish military has "grid coordinate detail of the location of US forces" throughout Syria.

He defended his abrupt decision to pull out of northern Syria, allowing Turkey to attack Kurdish towns, at a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Thursday. But this week they said they are being forced to abandon some of those positions to fight the Turkish invasion.

Reflecting worldwide fears that Turkey's offensive could revive the ISIS group, two auto bombs exploded outside a restaurant in the Kurdish-controlled urban center of Qamishli, killing three people, and the extremists claimed responsibility.

It represents a nightmare scenario for defense officials who have repeatedly expressed concerns about the security of USA forces operating inside Syria after the Turkish incursion. "I hope we can mediate", he said. The city also was heavily shelled by Turkish forces.

At least 41 fighters with the SDF, 34 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and 17 civilians have been killed in Syria, according to the Observatory.

Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, an aid group, blasted Trump's policy shift and rounded on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "shockingly irresponsible" assault, which "will put lives at grave risk".

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Turkey says the group backs Turkish Kurd militants, which it labels terrorists.

Ankara says it wants to create a "safe zone" along its border and to help the return of about 1 million Syrian refugees back to their country.

The SDF, which have little armour and no air force, are unlikely to hold out very long against Turkish firepower in the flat and open terrain they are defending.

A vehicle bomb claimed by IS also went off Friday in Qamishli, one of the main towns in the Kurdish region, killing at least six people - civilians and members of the security forces - officials and the Observatory said.

Syrian Kurds have vented their anger at what they see as a betrayal by Washingon with protests outside the US-led coalition bases dotted around the Kurdish-controlled northeast.

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