Turkish-backed Syrian rebel factions overran the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Saturday, officials said, securing a strategic passageway for Turkey's offensive against a USA -backed Syrian Kurdish militia.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - a coalition of Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen, led by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) - guard about 11,000 ISIS detainees in facilities throughout northern Syria.
The Turkish Defense Ministry released a statement on Saturday saying that Ras al-Ayn "has been brought under control", while Turkish news channels broadcast images of the town wreathed with plumes of smoke from a barrage of artillery fire.
Milley, speaking Friday at the Pentagon shortly before the incident outside Kobane, said the Turkish military "is fully aware, down to explicit grid coordinate detail" of the location of United States troops in Syria.
The Kurdish-led administration in Syria's northeast said almost 200,000 people had been uprooted so far by the fighting, while the U.N. World Food Programme said more than 100,000 had left Ras al Ain and the town of Tel Abyad.
An Associated Press journalist across the border heard the sound of sporadic clashes as Turkish howitzers struck the town and Turkish jets screeched overhead.
"There has also been more heavy shelling on and around Tel Abyad today", he added.
Aid groups have warned of yet another humanitarian disaster in Syria's eight-year-old war if the offensive is not stopped.
"You are leaving us to be slaughtered", Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, in a meeting Thursday, according to an internal USA government readout that has been obtained exclusively by CNN.
On Saturday, decried being "abandoned" by Washington.
The ministry affirmed that "Turkish border outposts south of Suruc came under Dochka and mortar fire from the hills located approximately 1,000 meters southwest of a USA observation post".
Noting Islamic State auto bomb attacks in Qamishli and Hasaka and Turkish shelling of a jail in Qamishli that the SDF said allowed some IS detainees to escape, Xelil said: "Despite all of this the world is still ignoring this reality and ignoring this coming hell".
Turkey has heavily bombarded the towns and made steady advances, prompting tens of thousands of civilians to flee.
Washington said Turkey's incursion was causing "great harm" in relations with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.
The United States adopted a tough tone against Turkey's operation on Friday, threatening sanctions if Ankara continues to use overwhelming force.
Turkish soldiers stand near military trucks in the village of Yabisa, near the Turkish-Syrian border, Syria, October 12, 2019.
He says the move is aimed at creating a so-called "safe zone" freed of the Kurdish fighters within which some of the 3.6 million refugees now residing in Turkey can be resettled. On Saturday, Germany announced it would stop delivery of weapons to Turkey that could be used in the operation, following the lead of the Netherlands. The Kurds disputed the figure, saying 29 of its fighters were dead.
In his remarks during the meeting, AL Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit described the Turkish offensive in northern Syria, which Ankara refers to as "Operation Peace Spring", as "a military invasion".
The Syrian Democratic Forces later said they had reclaimed the area. "The only thing to be done is for these terrorists to lay down arms", Cavusoglu told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
The statement added Turkey ceased firing after being contacted by U.S. officials.
SDF forces had then repelled the attackers and the road was reopened, it said.
"Despite increasing worldwide condemnation, there is no sign whatsoever of the Turkish military pulling back", he added.