Airstrikes, shelling as Turkey and Kurds clash in Syria
10 October 2019 | 3:25 pm
Kurdish forces responded to the Turkish offensive in Syria, shelling a Turkish border town. Earlier Turkey launched airstrikes and unleashed artillery shelling on Syrian towns, according to Turkey's defense ministry.
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