“Those who have to leave Syria are the ones who have not been permitted by the Syrian government,” said one of the top advisers to Iran’s supreme leader.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, “The U.S. government is the cruelest and most merciless system in the world.”
“The actions of the U.S. coalition do not comply with legal norms. Beyond all doubt, it is an unprecedented act of aggression,” one Russian senator said.
An account affiliated with Turkey’s so-called Operation Olive Branch claimed Kurdish fighters attacked the Free Syrian Army with chlorine gas.
As a Turkey-backed offensive neared Manbij, Syria, the head of U.S. Central Command said withdrawal was “not something we are looking into.”
“It is a strange incident,” Turkish media analyst Nate Schenkkan told Newsweek.
Neither Russian, Syrian nor U.S. forces have moved in to stop the Turkish invasion aimed at ousting Pentagon-backed Kurds from the enclave of Afrin.
Turkey and Syrian rebels have launched a joint operation against Syrian Kurdish forces, putting the U.S. and Russia in a difficult position.
The U.S.'s highest-ranking enlisted soldier said the coalition would beat ISIS fighters to death with shovels if they didn't give up.
"The U.S. must step back from this grave mistake and not allow itself to be blackmailed by the terrorist outfit," Turkey's top diplomat said.
The deadly shelling was a reminder that the city once called "hell" by the U.N. chief was still threatened by violence a year later.
“It was all theater,” said the U.S.-backed commander who has since switched his allegiance to Turkey.
Syria's war is almost over and experts say the U.S. has few options to counter what's been a major victory for Russia, Iran and President Bashar al-Assad.
Two rivals are battling ISIS in the jihadists' final stronghold of Deir ez-Zor. One seeks to return Syria to its former self; the other wants more power for Kurds.
Russian and U.S. allies are battling insurgents and jihadists trying to topple the Syrian government, but the latter wants to reshape the nation.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his opposition, U.S.-backed Kurdish forces and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) all recognized Eid al-Adha.
Once a primary recipient of CIA assistance, the Free Syrian Army has since turned on U.S. efforts to battle ISIS using Kurdish militias.
As forces supported by the U.S. and Russia defeat ISIS across Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeks Moscow's help to prevent a new conflict.
Pro-Kurd media shared footage of Syrians burning burqas and cutting their beards after the Syrian Democratic Forces defeated ISIS in an area of Raqqa.