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Turkey launches raids in northeastern Syria

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Turkey has launched raids on the Syrian town of Tel Arqam and the nearby city of Ras al-Ain in the al-Hasakah Governorate, as ground troops continue their advance against Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Thursday, according to reports from the Syrian regime's social media.

Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria on Wednesday, pounding them with air strikes and artillery before starting a cross-border ground operation that could transform the eight-year-old war in Syria.

Turkey's Defense Ministry said on Thursday that Turkish forces seized "designated targets" in northeast Syria. However, Syrian state news agency SANA reported on Thursday that the Syrian regime denied Turkey's "allegations" that it seized areas in northeast Syria.

Heavy clashes continued on Thursday in Syrian villages that Turkish forces are trying to enter, a Kurdish-led SDf official said.

The assault began days after US President Donald Trump pulled American troops out of the way, prompting denunciations from senior members of his own Republican Party who say he abandoned the Syrian Kurds, whose fighters fought with Washington against ISIS.

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