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Turkey pushes its operation in Syrian Kurdistan forward, as thousands flee

Thousands of civilians fled air strikes and shelling as Syria's Kurds battled to hold off a Turkish invasion on Thursday, with fears mounting of a developing humanitarian crisis. US President Donald Trump tried to justify the de facto green light he gave his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for an assault seen as a blatant betrayal of Washington's erstwhile Kurdish allies. Later Trump suggested that Washington could mediate between Turkey and Kurdish groups and a US official said Trump has asked American diplomats to broker a ceasefire.

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