The Kurdish-led force said in a statement that 13 of its fighters and five civilians were killed in fighting since the cease-fire began. "In this 120-hour period, the terrorist organisation, the YPG, will leave the area we identified as a safe zone", Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now threatened to "crush the heads" of Kurdish fighters if they fail to pull out from the "safe zone" along the Syrian border.
"We want there to be a role for America in Syria, not only Russian Federation and others monopolising the scene", said Abdi, whose forces turned to the Moscow-backed regime of President Bashar al-Assad for protection when United States troops pulled back.
On Saturday evening, a medical convoy including the Syrian and Kurdish Red Crescent was allowed to pass through the Turkish-backed fighters' cordon to Kurdish-held areas in the town for the first time - a sign of easing tensions. Again, if it works, it works.
The withdrawal of the almost 1,000 US troops from northern Syria is complete, but instead of leaving the area, they will head to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday.
Previous agreements between the USA and Turkey over a "safe zone" along the Syria-Turkish border floundered over the diverging definitions of the area.
Turkey's offensive in northeastern Syria falls foul of global law, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) alleges that deliveries of humanitarian aid have also been prevented from entering Ras Al-Ain.
SDF commander Redur Khalil said fatal bombardments by Turkey's forces on Friday were a significant violation of the truce and called on Washington to make sure Ankara honored its side of the agreement. It said a medical convoy arrived outside the town Friday but Turkey-backed factions closed the road ahead and behind, leaving it stuck outside Ras al-Ayn.
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On Monday, US President Donald Trump imposed limited economic sanctions on Turkey . "That has nothing to do with us", he said. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they are holding about 12,000 suspected ISIL fighters in northeast Syria .
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"It's time for us to come home", Trump said, defending his removal of U.S. troops from that part of Syria and praising his decision to send more troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom defend against Iran.
The deal was aimed at easing a crisis that saw Trump order a hasty and unexpected US retreat, which his critics say amounted to abandoning loyal Kurdish allies that fought for years alongside USA troops against Islamic State.
The 55-year-old Pentagon chief, who assumed the office permanently July 23 after serving as acting defense secretary for about three weeks following the departure of former Defense Secretary James Mattis, said he has spoken to his Iraqi counterpart about the plan to shift the more than 700 troops from Syria into western Iraq, the AP reported.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing operations, said the United States military is not closely monitoring the effectiveness of the cease-fire, but is aware of sporadic fighting and violations of the agreement.
Turkey also said Saturday said it has recaptured 41 suspected Islamic State members who had fled a detention camp amid the chaos caused by the fighting earlier this week. Erdogan warned Friday that Turkey will relaunch its assault on Tuesday when the deal runs out if the Kurdish fighters don't pull out of the 20-mile zone running the entire length of the border.
He said the captured IS suspects would be relocated to areas controlled by Turkey in northern Syria, including Afrin and al-Bab.
The backbone of the US-backed SDF is the YPG which Ankara considers to be the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
"US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who followed Pence to Ankara, said in a meeting with Politico that he was" convinced" that the ceasefire would take hold.