Turkey claims that it has captured the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn in its offensive in northeastern Syria.
“As part of the successful operations being conducted in the framework of Operation Peace Spring, the town of Rasulayn, located east of the Euphrates, has been brought under control,” the country’s national defense ministry tweeted Saturday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Friday also listed “the Ras al-Ayn area” as one controlled by Turkish forces as part of the operation.
The Turkish military has been advancing in several villages through artillery and some airstrikes, The Associated Press reported, fighting with the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The YPG is part of U.S.-backed forces fighting ISIS. Turkey views the YPG as a threat over its ties to a Kurdish insurgency in Turkey that has spanned decades.
The AP reported that the Arab League will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo to discuss the invasion, which Egypt characterized as “blatant aggression” by the Turkey against Syrian sovereignty.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip said Wednesday that the Turkish military had launched an offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria after President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutors investigating Giuliani: report House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman and top Republican to introduce sanctions bill against Turkey Trump lashes out at 2020 Dems, impeachment inquiry MORE‘s decision to remove troops from the area.
Bipartisan lawmakers have criticized the decision, saying it puts U.S. security and allies at risk.