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Kurds in Syria brace for war as Turkey says incursion is imminent

Kurds in Syria brace for war as Turkey says incursion is imminent

But on Wednesday Mr Trump said the U.S. did not endorse Turkey's assault on northern Syria and had made it clear to Ankara that its incursion against Kurdish fighters who helped the USA battle the Islamic State (IS) group was a "bad idea".

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey will inform all relevant countries and the United Nations about its operations into northeast Syria.

Since 2015, Russian Federation has been main military backer of the Syrian government, which has seized on the policy shift from Trump to try to persuade the Kurds to accept the restoration of central government control.

Earlier on Wednesday, warning of a "humanitarian catastrophe", Rojavan forces issued a general mobilisation call ahead of Turkey's attack.

Another senior administration official who spoke to reporters on Monday said Turkey "would bear full responsibility" if the Islamic State (IS) reconstitutes in the wake of the crisis, but did not make clear how the United States planned to hold Ankara responsible for maintaining overcrowded detention facilities now under Kurdish control, including Al-Hol. "The Kurds can't fight Turkey and control ISIS at the same time", Graham told Fox & Friends on Wednesday.

"We will preserve Syria's territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists", Erdogan said.

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He highlighted that this operation "will neutralize terror threats against Turkey and lead to the establishment of a safe zone, facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their homes".

Akcakale had previously been the site of a joint operations center for US and Turkish troops in coordinating joint air and ground patrols in northeastern Syria, an effort to ease Turkish concerns about the presence of the SDF.

"The Kurdish forces have always been clear that their number one concern is not ISIS but is protecting their territory from Turkey", NPR's Hannah Allam reported.

Turkey's Demiroren news agency said Turkish-backed Syrian rebels had traveled from northwest Syria to Turkey in preparation for the incursion.

Sabah, a Turkish newspaper close to Erdogan's government, published a report Tuesday describing how the battle might unfold. "Operation has not been launched yet", the official told Agence France-Presse. The Turkish regime, however, has been massing troops for days along its border with Syria, vowing that it would go ahead with the attack and not bow to the United States threat. After the operation was completed, Turkey would "continue its humanitarian work to bring back locals in the area".

The Kurdish-led SDF, which is holding thousands of ISIS fighters in several detention facilities in northeastern Syria, has warned that a Turkish incursion might lead to the resurgence of the extremists. (AFP) This picture shows artillery pieces on the Turkish side of the border with Syria near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on October 8, 2019. Mikael Mohammed, a Kurdish father of three who owns a clothing store in Tel Abyad, a quarter-mile from the Turkish frontier, said he had not received any customers since Tuesday. A witness said people were fleeing en masse. "The only people heading to the marketplace today are those who need to buy food or things that are absolutely necessary". More than 40 other people had been wounded, according to the Britain-based monitoring group, which has a network of sources across Syria. The South Carolina Republican said the decision could give ISIS the opportunity to regroup after Kurdish forces played a decisive role in defeating the terrorist group.