The long-planned Turkish military operation in north-east Syria has been launched. Kurdish forces, which control the area, reported heavy airstrikes and widespread panic.
Turkey’s decision was prompted by President Trump’s announcement that US troops would withdraw from the region where thousands of captured Islamic State fighters are being held by Kurdish forces.
President Erdogan of Turkey says his aim is to create a so-called ‘safe zone’, cleared of Kurdish fighters.
The Kurds were key allies of America in defeating the Islamic State group and they say they’ve been betrayed by President Trump.
The BBC’s Middle East Correspondent Orla Guerin reports from the Turkish-Syrian border; Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen analyses the implications for the region; Jon Sopel reports from the White House.
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