Air strikes, heavy artillery and rocket fire used on third day of offensive.
The 300 Syrians were freed because they have 'no blood on their hands.'
The battle commander says the SDF has cornered the remaining Islamic State militants in one tiny neighbourhood of Baghouz village, under its fire from all sides.
Pompeo says the US is confident in achieving an outcome where Syrian Kurds are protected and Turks can defend their country from terrorists.
Syria's conflict has left more than 360,000 people dead and displaced millions.
The move marked another key step in President Bashar al-Assad's Russian-backed drive to reassert control over the country.
Turkish foreign minister says 291,790 Syrian refugees have returned to their country.
The country's toughest female competitors, its best-equipped facilities and most experienced coaches are not in the capital Baghdad, but in the Kurdish-majority northern region.
Figures for the number of French Islamist fighters in the Levant region have varied between 500 and 700 over the years.
Speaking to members of his ruling AK Party at the start of a two-day summit in the outskirts of Ankara, Erdogan said the PKK would pay the price for the eight soldiers.
Iraq's political system is designed to ensure that no one person or party can dominate in order to avoid any return of a dictatorship following the ouster of strongman Saddam Hussein.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attempted to win support among Kurds in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakır.
Turkey is outraged by US support for the YPG militia because it considers them a terrorist organisation.
Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Wednesday said its charismatic former leader Selahattin Demirtas would challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in polls next month even though he is currently jailed.
Trump is said to be frustrated by the open-ended US commitment in Syria, where special operations forces are training and advising Kurdish and Syrian Arab fighters who are battling the Islamic State group.
Any action taken may aggravate Turkey's already-tenuous relationship with the United States, which has troops stationed in Manbij.
After the Turkish army and its allies seized the city of Afrin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that the same would be done in the cities and towns of Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tell Abyad, Ras al-Ayn, and Qamishli.
Othman Sheikh Issa said that Kurdish forces fighting Turkey-backed groups would use guerrilla tactics.
Taking Afrin has been the main objective of Turkey's operation Olive Branch, a deadly ground and air offensive launched on January 20 with the aim of ousting the People's Protection Units (YPG).
Several people in Germany were left injured after police used pepper spray against some demonstrators opposed to Turkey's ongoing military operation "Olive Branch" against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Afrin region.
Both nations are investigating FMT report on 16 of their citizens, some with children, detained by Kurds for being part of the Islamic State.
Kebanyakan wanita ditahan bersama anak mereka, kata Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been assisting Kurdish forces in their war against Turkey.
The Turkish government has displeased by US support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria.
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