Following six hours of airstrikes on Wednesday, targeting five towns in northeastern Syria, Turkish troops made their way across the border, accompanied by Syrian rebels. A Syrian activist group told The New York Times at least seven people have been killed. Turkey launched its attack against Kurdish fighters just a few days after President Trump abruptly announced that he would pull back U.S. troops from the area, allowing the operation to take place. The U.S. and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are allies, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have spoken out against Trump's decision; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), typically one of Trump's biggest defenders, said the president "shamelessly abandoned" allies. The Kurds were instrumental in ridding Syria of ISIS, and hold control of a large area of northeastern Syria.

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