The Turkish military and a Syrian war monitor said Turkish forces have captured Ras al-Ayn, a key Syrian border town, on Saturday as part of Ankara’s offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters after U.S. troops pulled back from the area.

The fighting is reportedly ongoing and Syrian Kurdish forces appear to be holding out in some parts of the town. Turkey considers Kurdish forces a national security threat due to the longstanding independence, or autonomy, movement among many Kurdish people, who are spread out among four different countries.

More broadly, U.S. and Kurdish officials have said the Turkish…

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