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Dozens reported killed as Turkey pushes Syria assault

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 11, 2019 13:07

Dozens reported killed as Turkey pushes Syria assault

Turkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing 6 people, in a cross-border assault on U.S. allies that has turned the Washington establishment against Donald Trump.

The Turkish offensive against the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces, launched days after Trump pulled U.S. troops out of the way, opens one of the biggest new fronts in years in an eight-year-old civil war that has drawn in global powers.Footage posted online showed armoured vehicles firing shells and plumes of smoke rising in towns.At least 23 fighters with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and six fighters with a Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group had been killed, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors Syria’s eight-year-old war.The SDF said Turkish air strikes and shelling had also killed nine civilians. In an apparent attempt by Kurdish-led forces to retaliate, mortar fire from Syria killed three people including a child in the Turkish border town of Akcakale.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 11, 2019 13:07