Transcript for Turkish military moves ahead with massive military operation along Syrian border
There is another urgent story involving the trump administration that involves the escalating chaos in Syria where the Pentagon says Turkish artillery fire exploded right near U.S. Special forces. President trump has threatened sanctions against Turkey for its offensive against the kurds but there really is bipartisan outrage on capitol hill about how the administration has been handling this situation. ABC's senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell is on the ground in northern Syria. Ian, good morning to you. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, Dan. From what should be an elementary school in Syria you can see Mickey mouse urging the kids to learn kurdish and arabic. Today not a place of happiness and fun. It's a place where displaced families are having to do. They've got no food. They've got no medicine. 50 families crammed in here just with a couple of bathrooms and crucially no water because the nearby water station was bombed by Turkey. Meanwhile that bombardment is going on right now. This morning, Turkey pushing ever deeper into Syria with more strikes. A relentless attack on u.s.-backed kurdish forces who were critical allies in the fight against ISIS. The kurds much weaker but resisting fiercely. One Turkish air strike hitting a jail holding ISIS prisoners, allowing at least five inmates to escape. On Friday, Turkish artillery exploding just 250 yards from an American special forces post on the border. The shelling so close an official tells ABC news American forces considered firing back. The Turkish military is fully aware down to explicit grid coordinate details of the location of U.S. Forces. Reporter: Turkey denying it opened fire at the American outpost claiming the strike was in response to mortars fired by kurdish fighters a half mile away. We're now just a few miles away from the front line. You can see the black smoke trails. That's from Tur Kirk Turkish artillery in the distance. The Turks say they've almost encircled that kurdish border town. U.S. Troops on Friday patrolling a few miles from another border town also under Turkish bombardment. The first visible deployment of U.S. Troops since Turkey's offensive began on Wednesday. The escalating violence forcing 100,000 people from their homes packed into any vehicle they can find with whatever belongings they can load, fleeing the front line but with few left places left to run to. Eva, I have to tell you, the stories we're hearing are heartbreaking. Many are from this border town that has been strategically fought over and the Turkish military just announced this morning that they have taken that town which means they're going to press ever deeper and there are going to be more people desperately searching for homes. Eva? Ian, thank you. As U.S. Troops have been pulled back from the border area of northern Syria, president trump is sending an additional 2,800 Americans to Saudi Arabia. The Pentagon deploying fighter squadrons and two patriot batteries and other aircraft to bolster Saudi defenses. This comes in response to last month's attacks on Saudi oil facilities that the white house has blamed on Iran.
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