Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Turkish journalists, in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Erdogan has rejected offers for mediation with Syrian Kurdish fighters as the Turkish military continues its offensive against them in northern Syria. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
People standing on a rooftop in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, watch as in the background smoke billows from fires caused by Turkish bombardment in Tal Abyad, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency says Turkey-backed Syrian forces have advanced into the center of a Syrian border town, Tal Abyad, on the fifth day of the Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
AKCAKALE, Turkey Syrias Kurds said Syrian government forces agreed Sunday to help them fend off Turkeys invasion a major shift in alliances that came after President Donald Trump ordered all U.S. troops withdrawn from the northern border area amid the rapidly deepening chaos.