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Turkey claims capture of key Syrian border town as offensive continues

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Turkish forces claimed to have taken control of a key Syrian border town Saturday as their assault against Kurdish fighters in the region continued.

The Turkish Defence Ministry said that it had seized Ras al-Ayn as part of the operation, code-named 'Peace Spring,' which began Wednesday.

NBC News has been unable to independently verify the claim.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied the town had been captured and appeared to be holding out in some areas, the Associated Press reported.

Turkey's push deeper into Syria comes amid widespread international criticism, fears of a resurgence of the Islamic State group and humanitarian concern for those displaced by the offensive.

The capture of the town would represent Ankara's most significant gain since President Donald Trump said he had decided to pull U.S. troops back from the area to clear the way for Turkish forces.

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