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AKCAKALE, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey launched a protection power operation in opposition to Kurdish opponents in northeast Syria on Wednesday, with air strikes hitting the border city of Ras al Ain.

President Tayyip Erdogan, asserting the beginning of the circulation, talked about the aim change into to procure rid of what he called a “terror corridor” on Turkey’s southern border.

Turkey had been poised to come into northeast Syria since U.S. troops began vacating the house in an abrupt policy shift by U.S. President Donald Trump, broadly criticized in Washington as a betrayal of The United States’s Kurdish militia allies.

A Turkish security offer told Reuters the protection power operation into Syria has been launched with air strikes and can be supported by artillery and howitzer hearth.

Various extensive explosions rocked Ras al Ain, handsome across the border across from the Turkish city of Ceylanpinar, a CNN Turk reporter talked about, including that the sound of planes might he heard above. Smoke change into rising from structures in Ras al Ain, he talked about.

World powers terror the circulation might launch a brand original chapter in Syria’s battle and aggravate regional turmoil. Ankara has talked about it intends to manufacture a “steady zone” in list to return thousands and thousands of refugees to Syrian soil.

Erdogan earlier told Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in a phone name that the operation would abet peace and steadiness in Syria.

But Syria talked about it change into definite to confront any Turkish aggression by all respectable draw.

FILE PHOTO: Turkish military howitzers are positioned on the Turkish-Syrian border, shut to the southeastern city of Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Turkey views Kurdish YPG opponents in northeast Syria as terrorists ensuing from their ties to militants waging an insurgency interior Turkey, an influx of non-Kurdish Syrians would abet it steady a buffer in opposition to its predominant security threat.

Amid deepening humanitarian issues, U.N. Secretary-Standard Antonio Guterres entreated all parties in northeast Syria to exercise maximum restraint and defend civilians.

Kurdish-led forces denounced the U.S. policy shift as a “stab within the aid”. Trump denied he had deserted the forces, essentially the most capable U.S. companions in combating Islamic Deliver in Syria.

Extra reporting by Dominic Evans in Istanbul, Tom Perry in Beirut, Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay in Ankara, Maria Kiselyova in Moscow; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by William Maclean and Angus MacSwan