Turkey announced on Wednesday that their ground forces invaded the northeastern Syria area hours after the start of a first attack to fight Kurdish troops.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan led Operation Peace Spring on Wednesday after President Trump announced that the US would strip American troops from the area, a move many analysts considered a blow to the US supported Kurdish armed forces. Erdogan said the mission was "to neutralize terrorist threats against Turkey and create a safe zone to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to their homes."
At least seven civilians were killed in Turkish strikes in north ̵
Trump told reporters Wednesday that he would impose "far more than sanctions" on Turkey if the country did not act as "humane as possible". "And hoping that Erdogan would act rationally, when asked what would happen if Erdogan annihilated the Kurds, Trump threatened to" wipe out "the Turkish economy and said he had done it before.
TRUMP CALLS TURKEY ATTACK ON SYRIA AS A BAD IDEA ON CIVIL DEATH REPORT
Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria guarded thousands of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters trapped in the region with the help of the US Returning to Europe. "
On Wednesday before, Trump warned Turkey that his first attack was a "bad idea".
"The United States does not support this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is being carried out is a bad idea," Trump said in a White House statement. "Turkey has pledged to protect civilians, religious minorities, including Christians, and to ensure that there is no humanitarian crisis – and we will continue to uphold that commitment."
A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said on Wednesday that Turkish forces had "begun to carry out air strikes on civilian areas" and sparked a "great panic among the people of the region".
US military officials told Fox News that the president had ordered the US military not to participate in the strikes after the Kurds had asked the American forces for air support.
A group of Turkish forces marched on Wednesday morning for the first time near Tal Abyad and Ras al. in the northeast of Syria – Yes, Bloomberg had reported. Artillery units later targeted suspected Syrian-Kurdish targets in Tal Abayd, while two mortar shells hit the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar.
"We told different countries, we want you to do this Take your people back Nobody wants them, they are bad," said Trump, adding that "maybe the Kurds […] if not them, Turkey "deal with the ISIS fighters.
If the fighters flee, they would be "Back to Europe," said the president.
Trump said the situation was "not fair" for the US, and that the road to the Middle East was the "worst mistake the US has ever made".
"We're doing jobs that should [Europe, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria] do […] We're 7,000 miles away," he said.
CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP The US would strip US troops from northern Syria, putting at risk US-backed Kurdish forces – long-time allies in the fight against IS in Syria. Ankara has considered the Syrian Kurdish forces as terrorists allied with a Kurdish uprising in Turkey.
Jennifer Griffin of Fox News, Lucas Tomlinson, Greg Norman, Victor Garcia, Dom Calicchio, and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.