Turkey's military operation in Syria: All the latest updates

US President Donald Trump listens to questions during a joint news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC on Oct 16 2019

US President Donald Trump listens to questions during a joint news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC on Oct 16 2019

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution rebuking Trump for withdrawing US forces. In his interview with the Turkish journalists, Erdogan also shared an anecdote from his telephone call with Trump this week. "And there are some that are irreversible", said Rubio, who was a Trump rival for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

Congress is moving to slap additional sanctions on Turkey in response to the country's military operation in Northern Syria.

The president appeared to make light of the desperate situation the Kurdish fighters face with the loss of USA military support.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said United States military aircraft were flown over the area after troops in northeastern Syria felt the Turkish-backed fighters were too close.

The chief executive took a shot at the Kurds, noting in his remarks that the USA funded numerous group's operations against ISIS. "But that's OK", he added.

"It didn't surprise me at all. As I said, they are not angels".

"It's not between Turkey and the United States, like a lot of stupid people would like you to believe", Trump said, adding that he's more than willing to let adversaries fight it out in that area of the Middle East.

The president commented on the ongoing conflict during a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the Oval Office.

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Syrian forces also expanded their deployment in Raqqa earlier in the day, state-run Sana news agency said, showing images of troops in army gear, carrying their national flag and pictures of Assad as they made their way to the area.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he would soon go to Iraq to discuss a judicial framework to enable jihadists being held in Syria to face trial.

He appeared to wash his hands of the murky situation as Assad's government, Moscow, Turkey and Kurdish leaders continue careening toward a bloody and uncertain future.

"I wish them all a lot of luck", he said.

Lawmakers from both parties who rarely agree on much are in lockstep in feeling the president abandoned a longtime ally.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the Kurds as "great fighters" and valuable partners in the alliance battling Islamic State who "deserved our loyalty". Do people really think we should go to war with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey? "It makes us a prudent and responsible world power that stands up for our own security and the freedom of others".

Trump imposed new sanctions on Turkey this week in an attempt to force President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to end his assault. In one typically contradictory tweet, Trump announced: "Big sanctions on Turkey coming!" Since the invasion, the USA has imposed economic sanctions against Turkey and called for a cease-fire, a proposal Erdogan has rebuffed. Treasury Secretary Steven warned last week the Trump administration could "shut down" Turkey's economy.

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