Turkish warplanes and artillery hit Kurdish militia targets in northeast Syria on the third day of an offensive that has killed scores of people, forced tens of thousands to flee and turned Washington's establishment further against US President Donald Trump.
"The Islamic Republic's stance [on Turkey's operation] is an advising one; Iran asks for stopping this operation and withdrawing military forces from the Syrian soil".
Syrian residents described mayhem as civilians fled clashes on the border.
It broadcast video of the rebels performing prayers in military fatigues, their rifles laid down in front of them, before departing for Turkey.
Justifying the move to withdraw USA forces, President Donald Trump on Wednesday condemned America's military interventions in the Middle East, saying that the country has spent an estimated Dollars 8 trillion in "fighting and policing" in the region, and lost thousands of soldiers over the years. "We've already done that", he said.
US diplomats are pushing back on Turkey's incursion into northeastern Syria, labeling the military maneuver a "very big mistake" that could have significant consequences on the security situation in the region and beyond.
The SDF said 22 of its fighters were killed on Wednesday and Thursday.
U.S. President Trump's decision to pull back troops from Syria's border with Turkey has been widely criticized in Washington as a tacit "green light" for a Turkish offensive that intensified on Friday, with Turkish air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia.
In its first big attack since the assault began, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a deadly vehicle bomb in Qamishli, the biggest city in the Kurdish-held area, even as the city came under heavy Turkish shelling. President Donald Trump moved US troops aside over the weekend to allow for the invasion, and said Turkey would take charge of the IS prisoners, including those Western countries refuse to repatriate out of security concerns. "We pushed back very hard at all levels for the Turks not to commence this operation".
Schulz mentioned that Turkey is a key partner of the European Union, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and a member of the Global Coalition against Da'esh and is a critically important actor in the Syrian crisis and the region.
"As has been the case in its previous counter-terrorism operations, Turkey's response will be proportionate, measured and responsible", the letter said.
Now, as Turkish troops invade northern Syria and the USA abandons its Kurdish allies, there are renewed fears of a prison break in the camp that could give new life to the extremist group.
At the border you can see columns of smoke rising from the Syrian towns being shelled by the Turkish military.
"Turkey is now responsible for ensuring that all ISIS fighters in detention in prison, remain in prison and that ISIS does not reconstitute itself in any way, shape, or form", Craft said, referring to IS.
The move, according to Manchin, abandons Kurdish forces who have helped fight the Islamic State group.
Turkey says nine civilians have been killed on its side of the frontier by retaliatory shelling.
The SDF's Qamishlo said five Islamic State fighters had escaped from jail in Qamishli after nearby Turkish shelling.
Erdogan's insistence that Turkey could contain the militants put few other countries at ease.
"Turkey will carry out this operation in support of efforts to facilitate safe and voluntary returns of displaced Syrians to their homes of origin or other places of their choices in Syria in line with worldwide law and in coordination with relevant United Nations agencies", it said.