Donald Trump has handed over Isis fight in Syria, Turkey says, as offensive looms

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Ankara says military will cross border ‘shortly’, and claims US president gave green light, contradicting US denials

The Turkish government has claimed that Donald Trump has handed it the leadership of the military campaign against Isis, and warned its forces would be crossing into Syria “shortly”.

Kurdish military leaders inside Syria said they were braced for the invasion and claimed there had been an Isis attack on its former stronghold of Raqqa. But reports from the city suggested the attack had been small scale.

Related: ‘People are panicking but life goes on’: Syrian Kurds brace for war

This is not a surprise. The POTUS green-lighting a Turkish attack into NE Syria (that’s how it’s seen by all parties on the ground and in the region) opens Pandora’s box. Expect Russian-backed forces to move as well. Total mess. https://t.co/DycWpDn7RD

Related: The US withdrawal from northern Syria creates the perfect conditions for war crimes | Simon Tisdall

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