Kurdish-led authority: 785 IS-affiliated foreigners escaped Syria camp

Kurdish-led authority: 785 IS-affiliated foreigners escaped Syria camp

Kurdish-led authority: 785 IS-affiliated foreigners escaped Syria camp

The Kurdish forces, who partnered with the U.S.to capture vast areas of eastern Syria from IS, say they may not be able to maintain detention facilities holding thousands of militants as they struggle to stem the Turkish advance.

The first, posted on the Twitter account of the Ahrar al-Sharqiya rebel group, shows two people in civilian clothes kneeling on the ground as a fighter next to them announces they have been captured by the faction.

Germany, also a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, said it was banning arms exports to Turkey and the head of the Arab League denounced the offensive.

On Saturday, France said it would suspend all weapons exports to Turkey.

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.

"We don't. negotiate with terrorists". "The only thing to be done is for these terrorists to lay down arms". Turkey has started intensive bombardment in Northeast Syria after U.S. announcement of withdrawal of its forces from Syria.

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A bill to issue sanctions against Turkish officials and banks involved in the offensive was introduced by the Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel, and the committee's ranking Republican Mike McCaul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has remained defiant and the Pentagon has reported no progress in its belated efforts to persuade Ankara to halt the assault.

Turkey had repeatedly said it was planning a counter-terrorist operation into Syria targeting the PKK/YPG, following two successful operations since 2016. The Arab foreign ministers also agreed to consider severing diplomatic and economic ties with Turkey, including tourism and cultural activities, and halting military cooperation with it.

The statement affirmed total rejection of any Turkish attempts to impose demographic changes in Syria by using force under the pretext of creating a "buffer zone" as such an act would be a breach of global law and a war crime against humanity.

Defence Secretary Mark Esper warned of "serious consequences" while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held out the prospect of fresh sanctions.

Several thousand Kurds and sympathisers demonstrated on Saturday afternoon in Zurich against the Turkish offensive in northern Syria.

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Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith, reporting from Erbil, said there was "little love lost" between the Kurds in the region and the Turkish authorities, adding there was also a "real feeling of betrayal by the Americans" among those demonstrating.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday the 1998 accord could only be implemented if there was a political settlement to Syria's eight-year-old war.

Reuters noted that Germany exported arms worth 243 million euros ($268m) to Turkey in 2018, accounting for nearly one-third of its weapons exports, according to Bild.

Turkey launched its offensive on Wednesday to push Kurdish-led forces away from the north-eastern border area of war-torn Syria.

"The (Syrian rebel) National Army took control of (Ras al Ain) town centre this morning", a senior Turkish security official said, referring to the Syrian rebels Ankara backs."Inspections are being conducted in residential areas".

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