US Armored Vehicles Head Toward Kobani

Local news outlets based in northern Syria reported on October 9 that six armored vehicles bearing US flags had traveled toward the Kurdish-controlled city of Kobani, in Aleppo.

Videos posted to Twitter and Facebook show a patrol unit made up of six armored vehicles traveling across fields before reaching a road on which they travel north toward the city.

On the night of October 6, the White House released a statement saying that President Donald Trump had earlier that day spoken with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria," the statement said.

The White House said that US forces would not be present in the area during Turkish operations. Credit: North Press Agency via Storyful

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