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Republicans will break with Donald Trump if party faces losing 2020 election, political scientist says: ‘It’s a slam dunk impeachment’

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I mean this would need to be a full turn. Which means Fox, Breitbart, the Gateway Pundit, and every slimey far right blog and YouTube channel. Every social media grifter.

Even then the republicans in congress can’t hold a candle to Trumps 80% approval rating. It’s like the Pharisee’s condemning Jesus with the expectation his disciples will abandon him.

The right wing didn’t forget about the losses due to the Supreme Court during the civil rights era. Do we really think there won’t be a Trumpian revolt? They may avoid a primary challenge this election but what about the next?

Can we expect the media arm to really abandon him given that even Fox had to kowtow? These peoples livelihoods depend on the viewership of Trump supporters because Trump supporters are the conservative movement. Even outlets funded by billionaires get that funding with the expectation they’ll hold a right wing audience. Ben Shapiro and Glen Beck both fell in line.

Conservatives could totally rebel against congress in the generals as well. Leaving them high and dry until true trump faithfuls can run.

There’s no release valve. No turning back for republicans. To rebel against Trump now would implode the party and only hasten it’s further take over by fascism. The very thing that’s inevitable anyways if they support Trump. It’s lose power now or keep power. Those are their choices.

The party was lost at that convention in 2016. It’s the party of resurgent fascism now. How quickly it accelerates and will the current crop of republicans keep their seats are the only questions now.

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Biden repeats vow to beat Trump ‘like a drum’ in Washington Post op-ed, says ‘you won’t destroy my family’

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden accused President Trump of “pushing flat-out lies, debunked conspiracy theories and smears against me and my family” in a Washington Post op-ed published late Saturday before repeating his vow to beat the incumbent “like a drum” in next year’s election.

Biden, the former vice president of the United States, contrasted Trump with George Washington, who Biden said “famously could not tell a lie.”

“President Trump seemingly cannot tell the truth — about anything,” Biden continued. “He slanders anyone he sees as a threat … It’s the same cynical playbook he returns to again and again.”

BIDEN TO TRUMP, REPUBLICAN ENEMIES: ‘YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DESTROY ME’

Biden, whose status as the frontrunner in the Democratic race has been challenged in recent weeks, has been at the center of a political storm since House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump last week. The probe centers around a July 25 phone call between Trump and newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which the American president asked his Ukrainian counterpart to look into whether Biden halted an investigation into Ukrainian gas firm Burisma Holdings, where Biden’s son Hunter once sat on the board.

“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that,” Trump told Zelensky, according to a memorandum of the conversation released Sept. 25. “So whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.”

One of the major issues in the impeachment inquiry is whether Trump withheld $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, making its release conditional on the Kiev government investigating the Bidens.

TRUMP CALLS FOR CHINA TO INVESTIGATE BIDEN FAMILY

The former vice president did not mention his son, Burisma Holdings or Ukraine in the op-ed. He did reference remarks Trump made Thursday on the South Lawn of the White House in which the president said China “should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened with China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.”

“I’m sure that President Xi [Jinping] does not like being under that kind of scrutiny where billions of dollars is taken out of his country by a guy that just got kicked out of the Navy,” said Trump, who was making an apparent reference to a 2013 trip by Joe Biden to Beijing on Air Force Two on which Hunter Biden tagged alongNBC News reported that the younger Biden was attempting to start a big-money private equity fund, for which Chinese authorities issued a business license 10 days after the trip was over.

Joe Biden described Trump’s remarks as a “violation of the rule of law … [that] is so outrageous, it’s clear he considers the presidency a free pass to do whatever he wants, with no accountability.”

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“America’s word and our standing in the world are in free fall because of the actions and incompetence of this president,” added Biden, who also used the op-ed to hit Trump on gun control and climate change, two key Democratic campaign issues.

The piece concluded with a reprise of the “like a drum” refrain, which Biden used when addressing voters in Iowa last month.

“[T]o Trump and those who facilitate his abuses of power, and all the special interests funding his attacks against me: Please know that I’m not going anywhere,” Biden said. “You won’t destroy me, and you won’t destroy my family. And come November 2020, I intend to beat you like a drum.”

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Florida wildlife officials capture 18-foot, 98-pound Burmese python

Officials in South Florida captured a record-breaking 18-foot, 4-inch Burmese python in Big Cypress National Preserve last month as part of an ongoing effort to remove the invasive species from the Sunshine State.

Cynthia Downer and Jonathan Lopez of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Python Action Team (FWC PAT) captured the 98-pound, 10-ounce female snake on Sept. 22, the commission announced Friday.

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Cynthia Downer and Jonathan Lopez brought in a 98-pound, 10-ounce python from the Big Cypress National Preserve. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

It is the largest snake ever caught by the team and the largest captured at the Big Cypress preserve. It’s also the second-largest python ever caught in the wild in Florida and just four inches short of being the longest wild python ever captured in Florida.

According to Fox 13 Tampa, the largest python ever caught in Florida was captured in 2013. That female python was over 18 feet, 8 inches long and weighed 128 pounds.

“Capturing large adult females is critical because it prevents them from potentially adding an average of 30 to 60 hatchlings to the population each time they breed,” the FWC said in a statement.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Python Action Team caught its largest snake last month. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

“These snakes, coupled with the thousands removed by our partners at the National Park Service and the South Florida Water Management District, make a significant impact to protect Florida’s native wildlife,” FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton said in a statement. “With leadership from Gov. Ron DeSantis, we are committed to working with our partners […] to accomplish our goal of removing pythons from our beautiful state.”

PIT BULL DIES AFTER PROTECTING FLORIDA KIDS FROM SNAKE, FAMILY SAYS

Environmentalists say Burmese pythons are responsible for killing deer, alligators and other important wildlife in the state. Their presence in the wild is the result of the snakes escaping or being released from homes where people keep them as pets.

The FWC also announced Friday that its Python Action Team had captured its 900th Burmese python on Sept. 24 in the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area in Miami-Dade County. That snake weighed just a quarter of a pound and measured just over two feet long.

The public can help by reporting snake sightings online, using the app “IVEGOT1” or by calling the state’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IveGot1 (888-483-4681), the commission added.

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Gregorius grand slam helps Yankees tag Twins in ALDS Game 2

Didi Gregorius hooked a slump-busting grand slam during a seven-run third inning and the New York Yankees pummeled the Minnesota Twins again, cruising to an 8-2 victory Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.

Uber driver-turned-rookie big leaguer Randy Dobnak struggled in an unexpected start, and the Twins lost their record 15th consecutive postseason game, including 12 straight against the Yankees. The latter is the longest postseason skid for one club against another in baseball history, topping Boston’s dominance over the Angels from 1986-2008. Minnesota hasn’t won a playoff game since Johan Santana bested the Yankees in their 2004 Division Series opener.

Coaches and players on both sides have downplayed that history, most of which predates current rosters. It’s all too familiar for fans in Minnesota, where the teams will play Monday’s Game 3 in the best-of-five series.

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New York Yankees’ Didi Gregorius follows through on his third-inning grand slam Saturday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Gregorius’ shot blew Game 2 wide open while New York batted around. The switch-hitter staggered after connecting for the first time since Sept. 10, looping his bat from one hand to another and mashing on bubble gum while he watched the ball fly. Gregorius, set to become a free agent after the season, batted .194 during September and was 0 for 3 in Game 1.

Manager Aaron Boone had predicted that if Gregorius could just find a hole, big hits might follow. Sure enough, Gregorius squibbed an infield single in his first at-bat before lifting his homer into the second deck in right field.

The 103-win Yankees used the same lineup in consecutive games for the first time this season, and the nine clicked top to bottom. They drew eight walks for the second straight game, and Aaron Judge led the way with two hits and two free passes.

Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka pitched one-run ball for five innings for the win, striking out seven and handing off to New York’s fearsome bullpen after 83 pitches. Tanaka’s career postseason ERA climbed to 1.54, still second-lowest by a New York starter with a minimum of four starts behind Monte Pearson (1.01).

Dobnak faltered in just his 10th big league appearance, taking the loss a week after his wedding in Maryland. The undrafted right-hander allowed Edwin Encarnacion’s RBI single in the first inning, stranded two in the second and loaded the bases with no outs in the third before being pulled.

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The Minnesota Twins have not won a postseason game since 2004. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A night after allowing Gleyber Torres’ tiebreaking double, key Twins reliever Tyler Duffey scuffled again. The right-hander followed Dobnak and allowed a sacrifice fly to Giancarlo Stanton, an RBI hit to Torres and plunked Gary Sanchez before Gregorius’ drive.

New York scored four runs off Minnesota relievers a night after piling up seven in a 10-4 victory. The Yankees are 15-2 against the Twins in the playoffs, and these two games were the most lopsided during Minnesota’s losing streak.

Yankee Stadium rocked early after Friday’s blowout. Fans in left field shouted “Uber!” at Dobnak while he warmed in the bullpen, and Judge encouraged more noise from the bleachers before first pitch.

Gregorius took a curtain call while fans chanted his name after the slam, the 12th in postseason history for New York. The Bronx Bombers only connected for one homer Saturday after driving 306 of them during the regular season, one behind the Bomba Squad Twins for the major league record.

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Tanaka left with a seven-run lead, but Boone ran out top middlemen Tommy Kahnle and Adam Ottavino to guide the game into the late innings. Tyler Lyons and Jonathan Loaisiga closed up with an inning each. Yankees pitchers gave up six hits, one walk and struck out 13, leaving the Twins with a .197 batting average in the two games.

Loaisiga allowed a run in the ninth on Luis Arraez’s double.

The teams played for 3 hours, 34 minutes, a night after dragging on for 4:15.

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Trump Urging China To Probe Biden ‘Completely Inappropriate,’ Says Susan Collins

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Saturday attacked President Donald Trump urging China to investigate political rival Joe Biden as “completely inappropriate.” The unequivocal statement makes her the third Republican senator to speak out against Trump’s invitation to a foreign government to become involved in American politics. 

“I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent,” Collins told the Bangor Daily News at a local event. “It’s completely inappropriate.”

Trump told reporters in front of the White House Thursday that “China should start an investigation” into Biden and his son. Hours later CNN reported that Trump had raised the political prospects of the former vice president and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — both Democratic presidential candidates — during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping in June.

A similar phone call by Trump in July to Ukraine’s president to investigate Biden and his son — while withholding U.S. military funds — is now the focus of a formal impeachment inquiry. 

Collins would not comment on evidence in the impeachment inquiry. But she said the process should be carried out with the “seriousness that any impeachment proceeding deserves.”

“Should the articles of impeachment come to the Senate — and right now I’m going to guess that they will — I will be acting as a juror as I did in the Clinton impeachment trial,” Collins said. Clinton was acquitted in 1999 on perjury and obstruction of justice concerning his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

Collins faces re-election in 2020 in a state that voted for Hillary Clinton for president.

She joins only two other Republican senators to date who have criticized Trump’s attempts to involve foreign governments in probing his political opponent.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) slammed Trump’s appeal to China Thursday. 

“Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth,” Sasse told the Omaha World-Herald. “If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing, that’s a matter for American courts, not communist tyrants running torture camps.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) attacked Trump invitation to Ukraine — and now to China — to interfere in American politics as “wrong and appalling.”

Trump slashed Romney Saturday in a tweet as an “ass” and a loser who “never knew how to win.” Trump also said Romney should be “impeached,” but named no specific impeachable offenses.

In a sly slap-down China announced it doesn’t plan to “interfere” in American affairs, so likely won’t be launching an Biden investigation.

“China will not interfere in the internal affairs of the US, and we trust that the American people will be able to sort out their own problems,” said China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the state-run Global Times reported Thursday.

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Former Georgia cop who fatally shot unarmed fleeing man acquitted of manslaughter

A since-fired Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man fleeing after a confrontation was found not guilty Saturday of voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

However, Zecheriah Presley was convicted of violating his oath of office by shooting Tony Green, 33, in Camden County last year. Presley was fired from the Kingsland Police Department as a result of the incident and indicted by a grand jury after Green was found to be unarmed.

Presley was ordered to be jailed pending sentencing Oct. 18. He faces a prison term of one to five years. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.

News4Jax reported that the trial judge ordered deliberations to continue with an alternate juror earlier Saturday after the only black member of the panel fell ill.

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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Kingsland Police Department shows Officer Zechariah Presley. .(Kingsland Police Department via AP, File)

Though Presley’s body camera recorded the ordeal, darkness and something covering the camera lens left the jury without a clear video of the shooting and the moments leading up to it.

Presley said he followed Green’s car on the night of June 20, 2018, because he believed Green was driving on a suspended license. Dash camera video showed Green drive off the side of the road, open the car door and run. He returned to the vehicle briefly to grab an object, then fled again.

Presley chased Green on foot down a dark street, before a short struggle that was not seen on video. The recording picked up the electrified clicking sound from Presley’s Taser, followed by eight gunshots.

Presley told another officer who arrived on the scene that Green had been on top of him, trying to grab his taser. “And then I was going for my gun, and he started taking off. And I fired,” Presley said on the video. “I thought he was going to kill me,” he added, according to First Coast News.

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An autopsy found Green had been struck by bullets eight times. He’d had small amounts of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and a tranquilizer in his system.

On the witness stand Wednesday, Presley added new details to his account. He said he opened fire only after Green turned back to face him and extended an arm, making Presley believe he had a gun. Investigators found Green was carrying a cell phone.

“Tony Green was not shot because of misdemeanor offenses,” said defense attorney Adrienne Browning in her closing argument Thursday. “He was shot because of bad decision after bad decision until the threat was overwhelming and Zech feared for his life.”

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“He made a fatal mistake and it was a mistake that cost a man his life,” prosecutor Rocky Bridges said of Presley in his closing argument. “You don’t have to like Tony Green. … He ran from the police, not a good decision. But he was not armed. He did not turn on officer Presley. He did not deserve to die.”

Prosecutors said Presley had 474 days from the shooting to the beginning of the trial to craft his story in compliance with the law. “If he really thought he grabbed a weapon, if he really thought that’s what happened, you get on the radio and call for backup. You don’t run and chase after an individual with your Taser drawn,” Bridges told the jury, according to News4Jax. “He had the opportunity to say, ‘I thought I saw a gun. He pointed the gun at me. He turned on me.’ You didn’t hear that.”

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“My son was murdered,” Green’s father, Wayne Anderson, told News4Jax after the verdict was read. “The man that murdered my son gets to go home to his sons … and can only possibly serve one to five for murder.

“This ought to serve notice to a lot of our young black men and black men, period, that you can run up and down the football field, you can run on down the courts, you can hit baseballs, you can do it,” Anderson said. “But at the end of the day, when [they] see you, they see a black man.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Arizona gymnast Jade Carey tops vault qualifying, gets rare ‘win’ over Simone Biles

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STUTTGART, Germany — Years from now, Jade Carey will be able to tell people she beat Simone Biles.

OK, so it was only in vault qualifying and it was only by .001 points. But when you top the GOAT, you take it any way you can get it.

Carey had the highest vault score in qualifying, getting a combined 15.2 for her two vaults Saturday night at the world gymnastics championships. That earns her a spot in the vault final, which is next Saturday.

Biles, who is the reigning world and Olympic champion on vault, scored a 15.199.

“I’m really happy that I was able to do my best vault and qualify to finals,” Carey said.

Carey also posted the third-highest score on floor exercise, but she was knocked out of that event final because of the International Gymnastics Federation’s “two-per-country” rule. Only two gymnasts per country make all-around and event finals, regardless of their scores.

Carey and teammate Sunisa Lee both scored 14.2 on floor, .633 behind Simone Biles. But Lee got the edge in the tiebreaker because her execution score was higher.

“It just goes to show, getting into finals, every tenth matters,” national team coordinator Tom Forster said. “Going out of bounds, it’s a big deal.”

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Carey went out of bounds twice during her routine, on her first and third passes.

While Carey said she was “disappointed” to miss the event final, it didn’t detract from the rest of her night. Especially after she had to watch from home last year.

The FIG has cut team sizes from five to four gymnasts for the Tokyo Olympics, and will use some of those spots to reward gymnasts who specialize in individual events. At the end of the World Cup series next spring, the top gymnasts on each event will qualify their own spot in Tokyo.

Carey decided to try to do that; the United States is so deep that no one besides Biles is assured of making the Tokyo team. While the move is likely to pay off – she leads both the vault and floor standings right now – it meant she had to sit out last year’s world championships.

“It was hard for me to not be able to come,” she said. “I’ve been really excited to be here.”

This is Carey’s second world championships, having competed in 2017, when she won silver medals on both vault and floor. But there was no team competition at that world championships, and Carey said she’s enjoying the atmosphere of this one much more.

The U.S. women topped qualifying, finishing more than five points ahead of China.

“The energy was higher,” Carey said when asked to compare this year’s worlds to 2017. “We’re all just out there working toward our one goal. It just made it a lot more fun for me.”

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Key witness in Amber Guyger murder trial shot and killed days after guilty verdict

A key witness in the murder trial of Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was shot and killed at an apartment complex late Friday, according to an attorney representing the family of the man Guyger shot.

“Joshua Brown, the next-door neighbor of [Botham Jean], was killed last night after being shot several times by an unknown assailant,” S. Lee Merritt posted to social media on Saturday.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the 28-year-old Brown was found with multiple gunshot wounds at the complex near the city’s Medical District at around 10:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

The paper reported that witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-door sedan speeding out of the complex parking lot.

“An ADA [assistant district attorney] has confirmed that it was, in fact, Brown who was killed, although they have yet to identify a suspect or motive for the shooting,” Merritt said. “The case is now in the hands of the Dallas Police Department.”

Brown lived across the hall from Jean at the South Side Flats apartments and testified in court about the night Jean was killed.

“Brown’s testimony stood out as a fact witness who was approaching his apartment directly across from Botham Jean’s apartment when shots rang out,” Merritt said. “Brown was still visibly shaken up from the incident when he took the stand to testify on behalf of the prosecution. His murder underscores the reality of the black experience in America.”

Merritt said Brown was a former athlete turned entrepreneur, and he “lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence, either state-sanctioned or otherwise.”

AMBER GUYGER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN SHOOTING THAT KILLED BOTHAM JEAN IN DALLAS; VICTIM’S BROTHER HUGS HER IN COURT

“We have more work to do deal with the constant threats to our community both from within and without. Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family,” the lawyer said. “The Dallas County criminal justice system must [be] mobilized to identify his killer and see that he is held accountable for this murder.”

Dallas County prosecutor Jason Hermus, who headed up the prosecution of Guyger, told The Morning News that Brown “bravely came forward to testify when others wouldn’t.

“If we had more people like him, we would have a better world.”

Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for killing Jean on the night of Sept. 6, 2018. The four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department was fired and charged with manslaughter after she entered Jean’s apartment, believing it to be her own, and shooting him twice in the belief he was a burglar.

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Joshua Brown testifies in the murder trial of Amber Guyger on Sept. 24. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Guyger was still in uniform at the time but was off-duty, having just finished a 13-hour shift

She allegedly parked on the fourth floor of the apartment complex by accident, even though she lived on the third floor.

According to the police arrest warrant affidavit that recounted Guyger’s recollection of events, she entered Jean’s apartment through the partially ajar front door and drew her gun when she saw “a large silhouette” in what she believed was her apartment. Jean ignored Guyger’s verbal commands and she shot him.

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The case drew national attention and outrage, highlighting racial tensions between the black community and law enforcement and causing many to question the use of deadly force by white officers against black people.

Guyger’s sentence also sparked anger over what many considered to be a light sentence.

“That 10 years in prison is 10 years for her reflection and for her to change her life, but there is much more to be done by the city of Dallas,” Jean’s mother, Allison, said. “The corruption that we saw during this process must stop and it must stop for you. After now, I leave Dallas but you live in Dallas, and it must stop for everyone.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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Erdogan threatens military action in Syria, US-backed group vows ‘all-out war’ if attacked

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Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that his country will soon launch an “air and ground military operation” east of the Euphrates River in northeastern Syria, prompting the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to promise “all-out war” if they face an unprovoked attack.

Ankara has accused the U.S. of not doing enough to expel Syrian Kurdish fighters from the border region, and could take matters into their own hands “as soon as today or tomorrow,” Erdogan said. The U.S.-backed SDF, led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), said it wanted stability but would not hesitate to respond to an attack.

“However, we will not hesitate to turn any unprovoked attack by Turkey into an all-out war on the entire border to DEFEND ourselves and our people,” SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted Saturday.

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Erdogan’s announcement came just two days after U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, discussed tensions in the region.

“Secretary Esper and Minister Akar acknowledged the progress made on the implementation of a security mechanism in northeast Syria and affirmed the mechanism as the way to secure the border in a sustainable manner, ensure the Global Coalition can prevent an ISIS resurgence, and remain fully committed to the close coordination of military operations,” Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.

Turkey views the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged an insurgency against Turkey for 35 years. Ankara and Washington consider the PKK a terror group but they diverge on the issue of the YPG, which forms the core of U.S.-backed Syrian forces against ISIS and is loosely linked with the SDF.

In August, Turkey and the U.S. reached a deal to carry out joint patrols and move Syrian Kurdish fighters away from the border. However, both nations disagree on the size of the area to be monitored by joint patrols, and also on who is to oversee it. Turkey wants its soldiers to monitor an area as deep as 19 miles. The U.S. and the Kurdish forces have identified an area only as deep as 9 miles deep.

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Three joint U.S.-Turkish ground patrols have run since launching almost a month ago. Kurdish forces have moved away from the frontier and set up new local forces to control border posts, and dismantled fortifications considered a threat by Turkey.

“We gave all warnings to our interlocutors regarding the east of the Euphrates and we have acted with sufficient patience,” Erdogan said at the opening of his AK party’s annual camp, as reported by Reuters. “We’ve made our preparations, we’ve completed our operation plans, given the necessary instructions.”

The U.S European Command tweeted Saturday — apparently in response to the Turkish threats — saying the U.S. and Turkish militaries were already working “to address Turkey’s legitimate security concerns.”

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“The Department of Defense will be transparent as each phase of the security mechanism is implemented,” it said.

Turkey’s state-owned Anadolou Agency reported late Saturday that nine trucks loaded with armored vehicles and a bus carrying military personnel had been sent to a border district near the demilitarized zone. The convoy was sent to reinforce military units based on the Syrian border, according to Anadolou, and it was unclear whether they were tied to potential operations in Syria.

Erdogan said his country wants to send 2 million Syrian refugees now in Turkey to the area it has called a “safe zone.” But the Syrian Kurdish group administering the area said only those from the area can return — a number likely to be much smaller.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pompeo might go down as the worst secretary of state in modern times

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