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Turkish-backed fighters of the Free Syrian Army head toward Tell Abyad, Syria, on Thursday, October 10.

AP

Updated 2034 GMT (0434 HKT) October 10, 2019

Turkish-backed fighters of the Free Syrian Army head toward Tell Abyad, Syria, on Thursday, October 10.

AP

Turkey has launched a military offensive in northeastern Syria, just days after the Trump administration announced that it was pulling US troops back from the area.

The offensive is aimed at pushing Kurdish forces away from Turkey's border with Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces who operate in the area are US allies. They are led by the Kurdish People's Protection Units, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.

The Kurds have long been considered one of Washington's Read More – Source