Monitor: 74 Kurdish-led fighters killed in Turkish offensive

Mike Neal looking at the camera Alexanda Kotey seen in a detention center in Rmeilan Syria on Aug. 4 2019

"U.S. troops in the vicinity of Kobani came under artillery fire from Turkish positions at approximately 9 p.m. local October 11", Navy Capt. Brook DeWalt, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement late Friday.

"I confirm to you that our forces have not reached the M4", Youssef Hammoud said in a voice message to Reuters, saying that they had instead reached a road closer to the border.

"The United States remains opposed to the Turkish military move into Syria and especially objects to Turkish operations outside the Security Mechanism and in areas where the Turks know USA forces are present", he added.

Trump's move drew global criticism that he was abandoning the Kurds, U.S. allies who had fought in recent years with the Americans to defeat ISIL in northeastern Syria.

Ras al-Ayn is one of the biggest towns along the border and is in the middle of the area where Turkey plans to set up its safe zone.

Turkey's military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday in its most significant gain since an offensive against Kurdish fighters began four days ago, with no sign of relenting despite mounting worldwide criticism.

In its 30-year terrorist campaign, the PKK - recognised as a terror group by the US, EU, and Turkey - has taken some 40,000 lives, including women and children.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also reported that the town, a major target of the Turkish offensive, had yet to be completely taken. "Whoever cares about the secure detention of the prisoners they are welcome to come and find a solution".

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The statement affirmed total rejection of any Turkish attempts to impose demographic changes in Syria by using force under the pretext of creating a "buffer zone" as such an act would be a breach of worldwide law and a war crime against humanity.

Iraq, the current president of the League, said the offensive "will exacerbate humanitarian crises, increase the suffering of the Syrian people and strengthen the ability of terrorists to reorganise their remnants".

Protesters marching under the Kurdish green, red and yellow flag waved placards reading "Trump = serial killer" or "the true leader of Daesh", referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In Turkey, 18 civilians have been killed in cross-border bombardment, Turkish media and officials say.

"The National Army took control of the town center this morning".

Turkey said 459 YPG militants had been "neutralised" since the operation began, a term that commonly means killed.

Noting auto bomb attacks in Qamishli and Hasaka, Xelil said the SDF is "now fighting on two fronts: one front against the Turkish invasion and a front against [ISIS]". According to a recent report by Washington-based International Crisis Group, "The SDF's Western Coalition partners have been legally unable to contribute more than limited funds to reinforce existing detention facilities and turn buildings such as schools into 'pop-up prisons.' " That's because the US money that the SDF is receiving is congressionally mandated not to be used to build new structures, including better prisons.

The comments come after two deadly vehicle bombs in both cities a day earlier, claimed by IS.

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