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After conversations with many Turkish friends, I chose to cancel my appearance in solidarity with them - with democrats in Turkey who are appalled at the invasion of the Turkish armed forces in Northern Syria's Kurdish-held areas and who see this as a further departure from the rapprochement between Ankara and the Kurdish people.

Today, there are about 30 million Kurds living across the region, with about half of them in Turkey.

"They didn't help us with Normandy, as an example".

Syrian Kurdish forces lost 11,000 personnel and played a major role in the years-long battle to eliminate the "caliphate" IS had set up in the region.

A convoy of 20 armoured vehicles carrying Turkish-allied Syrian rebels entered Syria from Ceylanpinar on Friday, he said. Mohammad and his family left the town as soon as the bombardment started Wednesday evening.

"So for them [captured ISIS militants] to go unguarded and be able to escape into our Western world creates a serious global security risk", she said.

"The shelling is barbaric and indiscriminate. Everything needs to be on the table so that we are clear", he said.

The SDF said 22 of its fighters were killed on Wednesday and Thursday.

They said at least nine civilians were killed, including a 9-month-old boy and three girls under 15.

Days later, Turkey launched a military assault against US -backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Ankara says the goal of its assault it to defeat the Kurdish YPG militia - the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - which it designates as a terrorist group over its links to insurgents in Turkey.

The mother of an American journalist who was murdered in Syria voiced concerns on Friday over President Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from northeast Syria.

At the U.N. Security Council, Turkey came under intense criticism from European ambassadors, who warned of an ensuing humanitarian crisis and the revival of Islamic State militants.

"We are deeply concerned at the unilateral military offensive by Turkey in north-east Syria. We have made no changes to our force presence in Syria at this time".

Ankara has also said it intends to create a "safe zone" for the return of millions of refugees to Syria.

Five Islamic State fighters fled a jail there, and foreign women from the group being held in a camp torched tents and attacked guards with sticks and stones, the Kurds said.

A contingent of U.S. Special Forces has been caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S. -backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria.

The source would not say how many Americans were at the bombed location, beyond that they were small in number - somewhere between 15 and 100.

Three more soldiers were injured in the "operation region", the defence ministry said in a statement after clashes with the militia on Thursday.

Erdogan's insistence that Turkey could contain the militants put few other countries at ease.

Esper denied that the US "greenlighted" Turkey's incursion.

The US still has about 1,000 soldiers in Syria, military officials told CNN and other news outlets. Gen. Tahseen al-Khafaji, a spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations command.

Ms Buswell said IRC teams remained on the ground.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "very concerned" by developments in northeast Syria and "any military operation must fully respect the U.N. Charter and global humanitarian law", U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said.

Panos Moumtzis had related the safe zone to be established in northeast Syria with the Srebrenica genocide.

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish fighters terrorists linked to a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey and says the offensive is necessary for its own national security. Cavusoglu said Ankara expected "strong solidarity" from the alliance. That was the range of rockets fired from Syria into Turkish territory, he said. "President Erdogan's threats ... are totally out of place". But the parking lot at the hospital was filled with police officers and anxious relatives of people who were wounded in mortar strikes.

On Friday morning, plumes of black smoke billowed from the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad as Turkey continued bombarding the area.

Gunfire could also be heard inside the town, according to witnesses on the ground. "We are allowing an ally to be attacked and I believe this is a grave mistake". "I say hit Turkey very hard financially with sanctions if they don't play by the rules".

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