19/10/10 03:59:07.73 G9QBICxE9.net
Turkey-Syria border: All the latest updates
After withdrawing US troops, Trump denounces Turkey's bombing of northeastern Syria.
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Turkey has launched a military operation in northeast Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the offensive - which began with air raids on Tuesday - is aimed at removing Kurdish-led forces from the border area and creating a "safe zone" to which millions of Syrian refugees can be returned.
The move came after the United States announced it was withdrawing its troops from the region, effectively abandoning the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), its main ally in the battle against ISIL.
The SDF, led by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), has appealed to the US and its allies for a "no-fly zone" to protect it from the Turkish attacks. Turkey considers the YPG a "terrorist" group.