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Another US defense official, also speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said that the Pentagon "obviously" told Turkey where US troops are and "they certainly go closer than we would have liked" in the incident outside Kobane.

Local residents applaud as a convoy of Turkish forces trucks transporting tanks is driven in Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

After overnight clashes with Kurdish forces in the countryside, Turkish troops and their Syrian allies entered the battleground town of Ras al-Ain, sources on both sides said. "The Americans have been in constant contact with this party up until now", he told Reuters by phone.

Aksoy said the Turkish operation would proceed "with determination" in fighting "terrorist organizations" that are a threat to Turkey's national security.

The shells, which were fired at around 9pm on Friday, landed within a few hundred yards of the base on Mistenur Hill, according to USA officials.

"Every kind of precaution was taken so no damage came to the USA base", Akar said.

"All necessary precautions were taken so as not to damage the U.S. post". "Based on all the facts available, these were warning fires on a known location, not inadvertent rounds".

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"U.S. and coalition soldiers were definitely not hit".

Ankara's offensive, launched following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Northern Syria, has been condemned by leaders in the west.

Turkey and its allied fighters began the offensive on Wednesday to push back the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the SDF, from its border.

Instead, Akar said, Turkish forces were returning fire on a position less than a mile from the post.

Uncertainty in the Syria's Kurdish held territories after the U.S.' departure has caused tens of thousands of civilians to flee.

Plumes of black smoke billowed Friday from the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad as Turkey continued bombarding the area in an offensive that was progressing "successfully as planned", the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

He also said implementing the Adana pact would require the Syrian Government to be in control of north-eastern Syria, which it is not. Turkey is moving in to take control of it.

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A further 90,000 women and children affiliated with ISIS fighters are also said to be held in detention centers in northern Syria.

Turkey's Defense Ministry said it had taken all measures to ensure that no USA base was damaged while it responded to harassment fire that originated near a US base close to Kobane. "We did everything for the United States, and he's letting us die".

Marvan Qamishlo, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in which the YPG comprises the main fighting element, said they had carried out only a "tactical retreat" in Ras al Ain in response to hours of heavy Turkish bombardment.

"The US demands that Turkey avoid actions that could result in immediate defensive action", DeWalt said.

The abrupt shift in USA policy followed a phone call between President Trump and Erdoğan that appears to have caught senior administration officials off guard.

The SDF lost 11,000 fighters in the protracted US-led campaign against IS before finally overrunning IS's self-proclaimed "caliphate" in March.

A fellow member of NATO, Turkey is supposed to be an American ally.

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The president repeated that going into the Middle East was the worst decision ever made by the United States, noting the expensive war and the loss of life over weapons of mass destruction that did not exist.

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