Turkey launches offensive against Kurds in Syria

President Trump called Turkey’s offensive in Syria a “bad idea” that the United States did not support.
3:11 | 10/10/19

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president trump's decision to pull U.S. Troops out of a key part of Syria. Abandoning the allies that help fight ISIS. Turkey launching an invasion into the territory affecting the ongoing battle against ISIS. Ian Pannell is in northern Syria with more. Good morning, Ian. Reporter: Yeah, good morning. Robin, you know, the last time I was here kurdish and American troops were working hand in hand to defeat ISIS but this morning Turkey is invading this area and that partnership with the U.S. And the battle against ISIS has been thrown into disarray. Overnight Turkish forces attacking Syria from the sky and the ground. Machine gunfire can be heard filling the air. As we entered day two of the assault from Turkey. Turkey claiming to have struck more than 180 targets launching an all-out assault against America's kurdish allies who have been on the front lines in the fight against ISIS, a grand attack now also under way this morning. The large-scale operation coming days after president trump's announcement to pull U.S. Troops back from the border seemingly giving Turkey a green light. But secretary of state Mike Pompeo is pushing back on that assertion as the administration again appears to send mixed messages That's just false. The United States didn't give Turkey a green light. Reporter: One U.S. Official now tells ABC news that some kurdish guards have left their posts at prisons holding ISIS fighters raising fears that the Turkish incursion could result in ISIS detainees escaping putting U.S. National security at risk. President trump distancing himself from the Turkish incursion calling the operation a bad idea. But when pressed about the potential danger posed by the prisoner, if they escape, president trump seemingly Well, they're going to be escaping to Europe. That's where they want to go. They want to go back to their Reporter: President erdogan claims they are terrorists and says it will create a terror corridor and create peace. But on the ground it's not terrorists but civilians fleeing. Mothers with small babies packing up everything they can. Cramming into the back of pickup trucks but there are few safe places to run to now. The kurds reporting multiple civilian casualties and at least five deaths. All right, let's go. Reporter: We've been on the front lines with the kurds watching their troops fight alongside U.S. Soldiers for years and keeping ISIS at bay. Just this morning, two British ISIS members known as the beatles held by the kurds but now taken into U.S. Custody. President trump threatening retaliation against Turkey if the kurds are completely wiped out. I will wipe out his economy if that happens. Reporter: Strong words from the president but I can tell you no one here is listening, not the Turkish army driving its forces across the border and the kurds more concerned about staying alive and protecting their homes. You know, we were just speaking to a kurdish intelligence official and he kept asking, why had America abandoned its friends in the region saying no one in the Middle East would believe America's word from now on.

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