Republicans in the US House of Representatives have announced plans to introduce a sanctions bill against Turkey, and President Donald Trump has offered to mediate.
"I hope we can mediate", Trump told the press later when he was asked about the three options. The strong political incentives to punish Turkey also means the current sanctions legislation may herald more action: Members of Congress can expand or add to the penalties as they see fit.
Three more soldiers were injured in the "operation region", the defence ministry said in a statement after clashes with the militia on Thursday. Turkey deems the YPG the Syrian offshoot of the illegal PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization also by the United States and the EU.
Ras Al Ain was one of the places from which USA troops withdrew on Monday.
Some 120 kilometres west, Turkish howitzers resumed shelling near the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, a witness said.
Turkey's military operation in the Kurdish populated northeastern Syria has left Iran in an extremely hard position between its strongest regional friend and one of Iran's most significant ethnic groups which views itself part of a trans-border identity. He also said Trump had called for diplomats to negotiate a ceasefire between Kurdish fighters and Turkey before the infiltration began.
But Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters afterward that any Security Council statement needs to take into account other aspects of the Syrian crisis, not just the Turkish operation, and should demand the immediate termination of "the illegal military presence" in the country. "Others say STAY OUT and let the Kurds fight their own battles".
French European Affairs Minister Amélie de Montchalin said that members of the European Union, including France, Germany and Britain, strongly condemned the Turkish operation on Syrian territories.
It was a wrenchingly familiar scene for many who had fled the militants of the Islamic State (IS) group only a few years ago.
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There has been fierce worldwide criticism of the assault and concern about its humanitarian consequences. Khalaf was the secretary general of a newly established party, the Future Party of Syria.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for an emergency meeting of the coalition of more than 30 countries created to fight ISIL.
"The announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from Syria is a awful miscalculation", Manchin said in a press release Thursday.
"Saudi Arabia, before opposing Turkey, must report on military operations in Yemen", Erdogan said.
"Alliances are very easy, but our alliances have taken advantage of us", Trump said. "But they're there to help us with their land and that's a different thing".
Seven civilians including a nine-month-old baby were killed in Turkish border towns in Sanliurfa and Mardin provinces.
U.S. troops had pulled back from the area, paving the way for Turkey's assault on Syrian Kurdish forces.
Turkish ground forces seized at least one village from Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as they pressed ahead with their assault for a second day Thursday, pounding towns and villages along with border with airstrikes and artillery.
The SDF says it has 70,000 foreigners in custody from around 60 nationalities, including militants, their wives and children, on top of thousands of detained Syrian and Iraqi fighters.
Trump has faced rare criticism from senior figures in his Republican Party who accuse him of deserting USA allies.