- Title: Explosions rock border town of Ras Al Ain
- Date: 14th October 2019
- Summary: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 14, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS PLUMES OF SMOKE BILLOWING OUT BEHIND A BUILDING BUSHES BURNING / TWO SIMULTANEOUS EXPLOSIONS GOING OFF IN THE BACKGROUND VARIOUS PLUMES OF SMOKE BILLOWING OUT VARIOUS OF SIMULTANEOUS EXPLOSIONS GOING OFF
- Embargoed: 28th October 2019 11:34
- Keywords: Syria Turkey military operation U.S. troops in Syria Trump sanctions Syrian opposition flag
- Location: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY)
- City: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY)
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B12I153
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Explosions rocked Syria's strategic border town of Ras Al Ain on Monday (October 14) as plumes of smoke rose from the area.
Turkey launched a cross-border operation against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in north-eastern Syria last week, after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw forces from two posts in the area, in a move that drew harsh criticism, including from his fellow Republicans.
The Turkish assault also prompted widespread international criticism and alarm that it could allow Islamic State fighters in Syria to escape Kurdish-run prisons and regroup. Ankara has dismissed those concerns.
Turkey's stated aim is to clear its southern frontier from the YPG, which it views as a terrorist organisation, and form a "safe zone" 30 km (20 miles) into Syrian territory where it wants to settle millions of Syrian refugees. Ankara also vowed to take responsibility for Islamic State militants within the "safe zone", but said it would not be accountable for others.
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