Syrian Kurds mobilize across from Turkish troops

President Donald Trump left talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they arrive together for a family

On Wednesday, the SDF spokesperson, Mustafa Bali said there's a panic among people after the Turkish forces started carrying out an offensive in civilian areas.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is one of Trump's closest confidants in Congress and a frequent golf partner, has angrily split with Trump over Syria.

"Pray for our Kurdish allies who have been shamelessly abandoned by the Trump Administration".

Associated Press journalists on the Turkish side of the border overlooking Tal Abyad saw Turkish forces crossing into Syria in military vehicles Wednesday, although there was no official statement from either side that the offensive had begun.

Trump on Monday had threatened to "totally destroy and obliterate" the Turkish economy if Turkey took any action he considered "off-limits" following his decision. Although the military invasion of a foreign country, settling of people and confiscation of the lands of the indigenous inhabitants is usually illegal under worldwide law, a new set of global rules have been created for Turkey's operation.

Trump, in a break with many Republicans, has called for less U.S. military involvement overseas and says USA troops completed their mission in Syria of fighting the Islamic State movement.

President Donald Trump says he is unconcerned about ISIS fighters escaping Syrian prisons following the US pullout because "they will be escaping to Europe".

Fahrettin Altun, the Turkish presidency's communications director, urged the global community to rally behind Ankara, which he said would take over the fight against the Islamic State group.

Turkey aimed to "neutralize" Syrian Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria and to "liberate the local population from the yoke of the armed thugs, " Altun wrote.

A British volunteer with the Kurds in Syria has described chaotic scenes on the border of Turkey on Wednesday as civilians fled a Turkish military offensive launch.

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Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said earlier Wednesday that the military build-up along the southern border was continuing.

The local Kurdish authority known as the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria urged the global community to live up to its responsibilities as "a humanitarian catastrophe might befall our people" in the region.

The U.N. refugee agency earlier warned that a proposed safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border would not protect civilians.

The Turkish lira weakened sharply against its major rivals on these remarks and the USD/TRY pair was last seen trading at 5.8002, adding 1.86% on a daily basis.

Turkey's campaign - in which a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member is raining down bombs on an area where hundreds of USA troops are stationed - drew immediate criticism and calls for restraint from Europe.

They said they would hold their erstwhile United States ally and the whole global community responsible for any "humanitarian catastrophe" that unfolds.

Brett McGurk, Trump's former envoy in the fight against ISIS - who resigned, along with former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, after Trump threatened to pull all USA troops out of Syria - slammed Trump's decision, saying it was reached with "no knowledge or deliberation". They also say it will force the Kurds to make a deal with Damascus leading to Iran's growing influence in Syria. Russian news said Moscow has communicated that position Washington.

"As a result we have moved the U.S. forces in northern Syria out of the path of potential Turkish incursion to ensure their safety".

Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's strongest foreign ally, said it was not told in advance by Washington or Turkey about any agreements to pull U.S. troops.

With tensions heightened, the first surge in violence in the wake of Trump's decision to evacuate U.S. troops from the safe zone allegedly cropped up in the former IS capital of Raqqa Tuesday evening, with reports of suicide bombers and grenade attacks.

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