Pentagon 'strongly' encourages Turkey to 'discontinue' actions in NE Syria

Pentagon 'strongly' encourages Turkey to 'discontinue' actions in NE Syria

"Now there are threats coming from left and right, telling us to stop this", Erdogan said.

"The explosion occurred within a few hundred meters of a location outside the Security Mechanism zone and in an area known by the Turks to have USA forces present", Navy Captain Brook DeWalt, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

"US and coalition soldiers were definitely not hit".

The ministry also shared the target and scope of the operation with the public in full clarity during a press release on October 11, he said.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican who usually backs Trump, has been one of the most outspoken critics of the U.S. troop withdrawal.

Turkey added that its army took every precaution to ensure no damage to the US post and stopped striking the Kurdish target after communicating with the U.S.

The SDF were the main ground partner in the protracted US-led campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria, losing 11,000 fighters before finally overrunning its self-proclaimed "caliphate" in March.

In its first big attack since the assault began, IS claimed responsibility for a deadly auto bomb in Qamishli, the largest city in the Kurdish-held area.

It wants to move in and create a "safe zone", wiping out the Kurds and any ISIS prisoners being kept there. Christian Cardon de Lichtbuer from the International Committee of the Red Cross says, "We have there all the ingredients for unfortunately yet another humanitarian crisis in Syria".

A senior Turkish official in Washington suggested that the US mediation offer would not be welcomed in Ankara due to Turkey's opposition to negotiating with terrorists.

A video shared by the officials Friday shows a shell landing in the courtyard of what appears to be a prison facility in the city of Qamishli.

CNN reported that there was no indication the shelling was deliberate.

Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Washington is "greatly disappointed" by the offensive, which has badly damaged already frayed relations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey. Turkey began its moves against the Kurds in Syria earlier this week, after President Trump announced a pullback of US forces.

USA personnel at the base in northern Syria said they could not speak to CNN due to the sensitive nature of their work here. "They didn't help us with Normandy".

"The Americans sold us out and we do not expect them to help us fight the Turkish troops", one Kurdish fighter told CNN, as a USA flag fluttered over the base.

"Turkey has been attacking our towns and villages because America gave them permission".

Donald Trump's decision to pull back troops from the Syrian border region has been widely criticized as a tacit "green light" for a Turkish offensive that intensified on Friday, with air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia. "Now Turkey is attacking the Kurds, who have been fighting each other for 200 years".

"We will not remain powerless when faced with a situation that is shocking for civilians, the SDF and the stability of the region", Amelie de Montchalin told France Inter, adding that the possibility of sanctions was "on the table". France proposed economic sanctions on Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, while Sweden's parliament demanded an European Union arms embargo.

The Turkish Defense Ministry tweeted: "Ras al-Ayn's residential center has been taken under control through the successful operations in the east of the Euphrates (River)".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Turkey will not stop until the Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw below a 20 mile deep line from the border.

Trump's decision to remove US forces from the region in advance of the Turkish offensive has been met with condemnation from both parties in Congress, including from some of Trump's staunchest supporters. Sen. He declined to elaborate on potential targets but said financial institutions had been put on notice.

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

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