Turkish military action opens new chapter in Syrian war

October 09, 2019

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Smoke rises from the Syrian side of the border as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Akcakale, Oct. 9, 2019.


Demiroren News Agency via Reuters

Turkey launched an attack on Kurdish militias in northern Syria on Wednesday. These are some of the same Kurdish military forces who've been fighting alongside US troops against ISIS. Turkey's move was expected, but plenty of Middle East experts, along with members of the US Congress, are worried about the consequences. In Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters have been attacked in the streets by groups of men — often wearing the same color t-shirts — wielding batons, cleavers and Chinese national flags. Who are they? Also, Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, has moved his government from the capital of Quito to the coastal city of Guayaquil in response to violent nationwide protests over fuel subsidies.

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