Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seize center of Syrian border town: senior Turkish official

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seized control of the center of the Syrian border town of Ras al Ain town on Saturday, a senior Turkish security official said, as Turkey’s offensive against a Kurdish militia in the region entered its fourth day.

“The (Syrian rebel) national army took control of the town center this morning. Inspections are being conducted in residential areas,” the official told Reuters.

Turkish forces had overnight stepped up their bombardment of Ras al Ain in their incursion, after U.S. troops in the region came under artillery fire from Turkish positions.

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