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  • Now, the civil war in Syria looks set to enter a new and even more dangerous phase with government forces on the move to help Kurdish fighters who are under attack from Turkey.

  • Turkish forces crossed into Syria last week.

  • Turkish government regards the Kurdish fighters as terrorists and wants to occupy a buffer zone reaching 20 miles into Syria.

  • The Kurds have now turned to Syria's president Assad for help.

  • On today, Syrian government forces entered several towns just south of the border, setting up a potentially dangerous confrontation with Turkey Are international correspondent Ali Gearing joins us now from the Turkey Syria border well within the past half an hour or so.

  • President Trump has announced sanctions on Turkey over its offensive and northern Syria.

  • He accused Ankara of threatening peace, stability and security.

  • Now his critics would say that he said all of this in motion when he withdrew US observers from positions on the border behind me, paving the way for the Turkish invasion.

  • Earlier today, President Erdogan of Turkey said his operation would continue until what he called the ultimate victory was achieved and his troops are moving towards the border again tonight in the international community.

  • There is now a growing sense off crisis.

  • Yeah, shot at the muscle, but for land one anonymous Sudi rolling in to a hero's welcome troops of the Assad regime but handed a victory without firing a shot, arriving today in the strategic town of Anisa.

  • Look who's back.

  • Theo.

  • Currents say they had to do a deal with the regime after Washington left them alone to face a Turkish invasion.

  • The choice, they say, was compromised or genocide.

  • Further, along a key highway, the town of Tell Tomur, also back in Assad's hands, loyalists resurfacing.

  • I've kept this picture hidden for years, waiting for this day, he says.

  • But for other Syrians, this about turn is a painful blow.

  • We met Abu Saddam and his family on the Turkish side of the border.

  • He planned to go home to tell Tom Er, once Kurdish militia were gone.

  • Not anymore.

  • The abuse.

  • Ademola.

  • Mahalo, November John off our shocked when they told me that the regime is now in control.

  • We were happy when the Turkish army went in.

  • We were hoping to go back and live happily in our village.

  • No one can go back with the regime there.

  • His young relative, Mohammad, wants to study medicine in the UK He can't see a future in his homeland.

  • I think this idea is impossible because of that.

  • I think the Syrian war is endless.

  • Does that make you feel inside?

  • I'm feeling sad for my country, for my people, for but what I can do for them.

  • But this is the latest phase in the endless war.

  • Turkey continuing to pound northern Syria here a drone strike allegedly targeting a Kurdish ammunition supply.

  • We work with the precision off a jeweler, President Erdogan claimed today.

  • But the civilian death toll is growing well.

  • Just across the border here in the Syrian town, off Taliban rebels backed by Turkey have just raised their flags.

  • In less than a week here, President Erdogan has created a dangerous new reality.

  • Northeastern Syria is now a battleground on the balance of power is shifting.

  • American troops are pulling out.

  • Syrian troops are moving in.

  • The Turkish leader is unrepentant on a lot of Islamic state prisoners being held by the cards.

  • Turkey claims that found an empty prison in Tala by odd.

  • It's accusing the cards of setting I s detainees free to create chaos.

  • What Turkey has opened the door to a dangerous escalation here and there are fears the situation could move rapidly out of control or llegaron.

  • BBC News on the Turkey Syria border Meanwhile, three young Children believed to be British who featured in our reporting yesterday are safe following the Turkish airstrikes.

  • According to the charity Save the Children.

  • Their parents are thought to have died.

  • Fighting for the Islamic State group are Middle East.

  • Correspondent Quentin Sommerville met the Children in the camp and discovered they've been taken to safety.

  • Let's talk to Quentin now, I suppose.

  • Question is when they, where are they and what's what's happening to them?

  • Well, Hugh Amira Heba on Hamza We're really plucked out off the fire rate of the very last minute, just as the camp they were in was about to be overwhelmed by Turkish forces.

  • The U.

  • N got in there, extracted the Children in the last few minutes.

  • We've at last year I was I should say we've received a statement from Save the Children said that they were moved into the care of a local agency in I any cell, but I A Z as the trips advanced, they were really in the heart of a maelstrom.

  • These with Turkish forces moving in from one side on.

  • Of course, the regime are no moving into that area.

  • The Children were moved to Raqqah with 21 other orphans Here.

  • It's worth remembering what these Children have bean through.

  • They've seen their parents die in front of them.

  • They've witnessed the most incredible atrocities on.

  • They've suffered under the Islamic state propaganda for many, many years.

  • Thes Children are victims on while they are in a safe place.

  • At the moment, Syria is not safe at all.

  • So it's very important that we learn the that we alone as much information about the relatives back in Britain as soon as possible so that we can start the process of bringing these Children home.

  • Quentin, many thanks.

  • Once again, Quentin, some of over in Beirut.

  • Well, as we've been hearing, the U.

  • S s decision to pull out all of its troops from the region is a major turning point in the conflict.

  • On one side is President Edwin's Turkey, a NATO member whose aim is to force Kurdish forces from that border area and now following a deal with the Assad regime.

  • Syrian government forces are helping the Kurds, and the Assad regime is backed by Iran.

  • On Russia.

  • Let's talk to our Middle East at its general bone.

  • Who's in Erbil?

  • In the Kurdish region off Iraq?

  • How significant a moment could this turn out to be?

  • Jeremy.

  • You know, it's been a really significant seven days, only that time since that first announcement by President Trump that he was going to pull out American soldiers.

  • And in that seven days, the war map off Syria has bean transformed.

  • The Americans have dumped their allies, the Syrian Kurds.

  • But as well as that they have bean big new opportunities for the Turks for the regime, of course, in Damascus and its backers, Russia and Iran.

  • Ondas well as that.

  • The jihadists off Islamic state.

  • Now they want to reconstitute their organization, and they see loads of new opportunities to do it.

  • Right now they've announced there's going to be a new campaign or violence of killing right across Syria, and they may want to try and bust some of their fighters out of the jails.

  • Whether Kurds who are now too low, add, are holding them now.

  • European countries very concerned about this.

  • They've asked the Turks to stop their their operation.

  • Now, when the troubles off the Middle East come knocking on European doors, their leaders tend to get a bit rattled.

  • Andi, I think the nightmare scenario they have now is that somehow the the forces off the regime backed by Russia will end up facing off with NATO forces from Turkey.

  • That's a big, big worry for a lot of them now.

  • The last thing, really is that this has Bean.

  • A big turning point in Syria's catastrophe may make the end game a little bit simpler with the Kurds on the Americans out of the picture.

  • But really, that leaves President Assad, his backers, the Russians and the Iranians to do what they need to do to further solidify their victory in this war.

  • Jeremy once again, thanks a lot.

Now, the civil war in Syria looks set to enter a new and even more dangerous phase with government forces on the move to help Kurdish fighters who are under attack from Turkey.

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