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Share on Linked In The US has sanctioned two Turkish ministries and three senior government officials in response to the country's military offensive in northern Syria. Mr Pence said he would travel to the region "as quickly as possible". Syria's army earlier entered areas in the north-east. This could result in a confrontation with Turkish-led forces.

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Rakko says a hospital was bombed and there were clashes near the hospital.

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Some vehicles carrying medical materials are waiting to enter the town, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A spokesperson for Turkish-backed forces described the fighting around the hospital as "minor clashes," NPR's Daniel Estrin reported. Kino Gabriel, a spokesperson for the Kurdish-led forces, said in a statement that 13 of their fighters and five civilians were killed in Turkish attacks since the deal was announced.

President Trump said he spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday, who told him "there was minor sniper and mortar fire that was quickly eliminated.

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It allows hours for Kurdish YPG fighters to withdraw from the "safe zone" along Turkey's border with Syria, without explicitly stating the size of the zone. After that safe zone is cleared, Turkey's military operation will be completely halted, the agreement says.

The YPG fighters have been crucial allies of the U. Turkey considers them terrorists linked to organizations inside Turkey that carry out attacks against the Turkish government. On Friday, Erdogan stressed that Turkey is prepared to continue to fight.

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It's not clear whether the Kurdish forces are actually withdrawing from the border. Kurdish military leader Mazlum Kobani said Thursday that the forces would comply with the cease-fire. Jack Keane, a retired four-star general and informal adviser to Trump, has also been in communication with Kobani.

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  • In a letter released by the White House that was sent by Mr Trump to Mr Erdogan before Turkey launched an incursion into Syria, Mr Trump warned the Turkish leader "don't be a tough guy" and "don't be a fool!
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  • The YPG was backed by U. Also within their ranks, though scantly reported, was a group of about 75 hardcore leftists, anarchists and communists from Europe and America, Belden among them, fighting to defend a socialist enclave roughly the size of Massachusetts.
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The Turkish government wants to clear the area of Kurdish fighters and resettle up to 2 million Syrian refugees there.

The deal itself is drawing criticism from major international players such as European Council President Donald Tusk.

As the AP reported, he described it as "not a cease-fire; it is a demand for the capitulation of the Kurds. The shift in policy drew swift criticism from U.

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Like two kids in a lot, you've got to let them fight and then you pull them apart. He said that by leaving Syria, the U. We might be able to buy some pauses here and there, but this will now be worked out by other powers as we evacuate the country.

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And a large number are streaming over Syria's border with Iraq — Arraf says that in the past week, more than 2, have crossed the border fleeing the fighting. Copyright NPR.

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