- Title: Turkey, rebels, intensify Syria campaign
- Date: 11th October 2019
- Summary: NEAR TAL ABYAD, SYRIA (OCTOBER 11, 2019) (REUTERS) REBEL FORCES STANDING BY A WALL VARIOUS OF REBEL FORCES STANDING NEAR TANKS MILITARY CAR DRIVING OFF REBEL FORCES WALKING IN LINE FIGHTERS PREPARING AMMUNITION FIGHTERS FIRING WEAPON TANKS DRIVING THROUGH A FIELD VARIOUS OF FIGHTERS FIRING WEAPONS FIGHTERS GATHERED, PREPARING AMMUNITION MILITARY CARS DRIVING THROUGH A ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNNAMED FIGHTER, SAYING: "We announce the liberation the Mehrabli village from the hands of the SDF separatist gangs. God is great, God is great." SMOKE RISING FROM A TARGETED LOCATION VARIOUS OF TANKS DRIVING THROUGH A FIELD FIGHTERS STANDING NEAR TANKS FIGHTERS FIRING WEAPONS
- Embargoed: 25th October 2019 23:49
- Keywords: Syria security campaign Turkey rebels
- Location: NEAR TAL ABYAD, SYRIA
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0NO1FR
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- Story Text: Turkey intensified its air and artillery strikes in northeast Syria on Friday, escalating an offensive against Kurdish militia that has drawn warnings of humanitarian catastrophe and turned some Republican lawmakers against U.S. President Donald Trump.
The Kurds, who recaptured swathes of northeastern Syria from Islamic State with the backing of the United States, say the Turkish assault could allow the jihadist group to re-emerge.
In its first big attack since the assault began, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb in Qamishli, the biggest city in the Kurdish-held area, even as the city came under heavy Turkish shelling.
Five Islamic State fighters fled a jail there, and foreign women from the group being held in a camp torched tents and attacked guards with sticks and stones, the Kurds said.
The Turkish incursion was launched after Trump spoke by phone with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan and withdrew U.S. troops who had been fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State. It has opened a new front in the eight-year Syrian civil war and drawn international condemnation.
(Production: Mahmoud Hasano, Bushra Shakhshir)
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