Turkey's Syria offensive starts after Trump pulls U.S. troops back

USA Today 1 month ago

Civilians ride a pickup truck as smoke billows following Turkish bombardment in the northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in Syria's Hasakeh province along the Turkish border on Oct. 9, 2019. Turkey launched an assault on Kurdish forces in northern Syria with air strikes and explosions reported along the border. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of the attack on Twitter, labelling it 'Operation Peace Spring'. 

Syrians sit in the back of a pickup with their belongings, as they flee Ras al Ayn, in northeast Syria,  Oct. 9, 2019.

 Syrians carry their belongings, as they flee Ras al Ayn, in northeast Syria, Oct. 9, 2019.

A Turkish army officer guides a comrade driving a tank to its new position, after was uploaded from a truck, on the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Oct. 8, 2019. 

Members of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army, a militant group active in parts of northwest Syria, patrol the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria on Oct. 9, 2019 in Akcakale, Turkey. 

Smoke billows following Turkish bombardment in the northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in Syria's Hasakeh province along the Turkish border on Oct. 9, 2019. 

A woman walks as smoke billows following Turkish bombardment in the northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in Syria's Hasakeh province along the Turkish border on Oct. 9, 2019.

Smoke billows following Turkish bombardment in the northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in Syria's Hasakeh province along the Turkish border on Oct. 9, 2019. 


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