Pennsylvania man arrested in 2 murders after campground fight

Two men were shot and killed early Saturday morning at a Pennsylvania campground after attempting to intervene in a domestic dispute between another man and his girlfriend, according to officials.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release the incident happened around 2 a.m. Saturday at the Homestead Family Campgrounds in West Rockhill Township, located about 20 miles south of Allentown.

The victims and the suspect were among a group of 16 friends and relatives on an annual camping trip taking place this weekend at the campground.

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Prosecutors said that 40-year-old Miles K. Jones of Philadelphia fatally shot Eric Braxton, 41, and Arthur Hill, 46, also of Philadelphia, after the pair intervened in an argument between Jones and his girlfriend.

Miles K. Jones, 40, of Philadelphia was charged with criminal homicide, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person in connection to the shooting.

Miles K. Jones, 40, of Philadelphia was charged with criminal homicide, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person in connection to the shooting. (Bucks County District Attorney’s Office)

Early in the morning, an argument had erupted between Jones and his girlfriend, and the woman told Jones to leave the tent they were sharing, according to prosecutors. That argument then escalated into Jones flipping the tent before the victims came to the woman’s assistance, officials said in a news release.

“He returned about 15 minutes later with a loaded 9-mm. handgun and he shot both victims,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a news conference.

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Between three and six shots were fired during the incident, according to prosecutors.

Braxton died at the scene, while Hill was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Jones was charged with criminal homicide, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person and was arraigned on Saturday afternoon. The 40-year-old is currently being held without bail at the Bucks County Correctional Facility and is scheduled to have his next court appearance on Oct. 31.

The shooting remains under investigation by Bucks County detectives, in addition to the Pennridge Regional Police Department and Central Bucks Special Response Team Crime Scene Unit.

27 Maya ritual sites discovered on online map by eagle-eyed archaeologist

An eagle-eyed archaeologist has used a freely available online map to locate 27  Maya ceremonial sites in Mexico.

Takeshi Inomata, a professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona, made the discovery using a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) map he found online last year, according to the New York Times. LiDAR technology harnesses a laser to measure distances to the Earth’s surface and can prove extremely valuable to study what is hidden in areas with thick vegetation.

The 2011 map, which covers 4,400 square miles of the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas, was published by Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography, the Times reported.

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Inomata told Fox News that the discovery followed his research at the site of Ceibal in Guatemala, where a ceremonial complex dating back to 1000 to 900 B.C. was found. “We then went to this area (Tabasco) thinking that there may be similar ceremonial complexes of this period,” he explained, via email. “It was great to see that there [are] more sites of this type than we expected. It is also remarkable that they had very standardized rectangular formations.”

LiDAR image of the El Saraguato site.

LiDAR image of the El Saraguato site. (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía)

Although visible on LiDAR maps, many sites, such as one dubbed “La Carmelita” are difficult to find in ground-based surveys, according to the Times.

The discovery of the 27 lost Maya ritual sites sheds new light on the ancient culture. “This is the period when people were just starting to use ceramics and adopting a sedentary way of life,” he explained. “The presence of these formal ceremonial complex in this early period indicates that certain rituals and religious ideas spread over a wide area as people accepted new ways of life.”
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The Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History also participated in the project.

View of the La Carmelita site from the west. (Takeshi Inomata)

View of the La Carmelita site from the west. (Takeshi Inomata)

There have been a number of fascinating Maya discoveries across central America in recent years.

Experts recently discovered a unique ancient tool that was used by Maya salt workers more than 1,000 years ago. Fashioned from the mineral jadeite, the chisel-style implement was found at the site of Ek Way Nal, a Maya salt works in southern Belize that is now submerged in a saltwater lagoon.

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Last year an ancient mask depicting a 7th-century Maya king was discovered in southern Mexico.

View of La Carmelita from the south. (Takeshi Inomata)

View of La Carmelita from the south. (Takeshi Inomata)

Also in 2018, archaeologists harnessed sophisticated technology to reveal lost cities and thousands of ancient structures deep in the Guatemalan jungle, confirming that the Maya civilization was much larger than previously thought.

LiveScience reports that hundreds of Maya artifacts that may have been used in ritual animal sacrifices have also been discovered at the bottom of a Guatemalan lake.

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From its heart in what is now Guatemala, the Maya empire reached the peak of its power in the sixth century A.D., according to History.com, although most of the civilization’s cities were abandoned around 900 A.D.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Cabot Phillips: Dems don’t want Biden in 2020 and many can’t name his accomplishments

Democrats don’t want an establishment candidate in 2020 like former Vice President Joe Biden, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform Cabot Phillips said Friday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with host Steve Doocy, Phillips said that Democrats seemingly don’t even know what Biden’s accomplishments are.

Biden claimed on the stage of the fourth presidential debate on Tuesday that he was the only candidate who had gotten anything really big done.

“I think this is what happens when you’re never asked the ‘why.’ I think so many Democrat voters, they’re never asked the why of having to explain: “Why do you support who you do? What are the accomplishments you could point to?” Phillips told Doocy.

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He added: “If you’re a Donald Trump supporter, every single time you tell someone that, it’s, “Why? Why do you?”

“So, you’re always having to arm yourself in knowing the accomplishments of who you like and I think when you’re not asked that why question, you see these kinds of responses,” said Phillips.

In August, Phillips took to the streets to ask liberal supporters what they thought of Biden’s track record.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m drawing a blank on what he accomplished,” a man said.

One woman just told Phillips: “No.”

A younger man in a Michigan State shirt admitted, “I don’t know if I have an answer for that.”

“To these people’s credit, I don’t know if there’s exactly a long laundry list of accomplishments people can point to for Joe Biden beyond saying: ‘Well, he’s been in D.C. for 30, 40 years. He was vice president,'” he noted.

Phillips told Doocy Biden’s platform so far based on his long career in politics is not attractive to this electorate.

“I’ve talked to thousands of voters in the last two years with leadership institutes…so many of them continually say, ‘I want someone [who is] going to shake it up,'” he said.

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“I think the Democrat electorate in 2020 is similar to what Republicans had in ’16. They don’t want an establishment candidate,” Phillips predicted.

“So, every time Joe Biden goes up and says, ‘I’ve been in D.C. Here’s what I’ve done.’ I think that almost drives them further from him because they don’t want an establishment candidate this go-around.”

Helen Hunt hospitalized after SUV flips in car accident: reports

Helen Hunt is recovering Thursday after a vehicle she was riding reportedly flipped over during a car accident in California.

Hunt, 56, was hospitalized after the accident, which happened Wednesday in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles, TMZ reported. The “Mad About You” star was riding in the back of an SUV when another car reportedly clipped hers.

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Helen Hunt, pictured here at the 2019 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews in California, was reportedly hospitalized after getting into a car accident on Wednesday.

Helen Hunt, pictured here at the 2019 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews in California, was reportedly hospitalized after getting into a car accident on Wednesday. (Jon Kopaloff/WireImage)

Video of the accident published by TMZ appears to show the SUV driving through an intersection when suddenly it’s T-boned by a white car. Hunt’s SUV flips over on its left side.

The actress was reportedly taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in stable condition. She left several hours later and suffered no major injuries, her rep told the news outlet.

A rep for Hunt did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

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The Academy Award-winning star was among several people hospitalized after the accident, People reported.

Hunt is currently filming a reboot of the hit television show “Mad About You,” which aired from 1992 until 1999 and landed a limited series revival for Charter Communications’ premium content platform, Spectrum Originals.

Hunter Biden breaks silence on Ukraine business dealings, claims he did ‘nothing wrong at all’

Hunter Biden broke his silence Tuesday in his first televised interview since his overseas business dealings came under scrutiny, maintaining he did nothing improper while he served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

However, the 49-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that accepting the lucrative position was, in retrospect, “poor judgment.”

“I know I did nothing wrong at all. Was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is a swamp in many ways? Yeah,” he said in an exclusive sit-down with ABC’s Amy Robach at his Los Angeles home.

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Biden said he did not discuss the Burisma Holdings board seat with his father, except for one “brief exchange” that was previously reported.

A photo obtained by Fox News last month showed Joe Biden and Hunter golfing in the Hamptons with Devon Archer, who served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings with Hunter. Joe Biden had told Fox News that he never discussed his son’s foreign business dealings with him.

Devon Archer, far left, with former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, far right, in 2014.

Devon Archer, far left, with former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, far right, in 2014.

“I don’t regret being on the board. What I regret is not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a President of the United States that would be listening to this ridiculous conspiracy idea,” he said, claiming that the allegations of impropriety have been “debunked by everyone.”

Robach asked Biden if he would have gotten the board seat if he had a different last name.

“I don’t know, probably not,” he responded, explaining he left the board in April when the five-year term ended.

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He said he made the decision so that his father would not have the “distraction” to deal with during his campaign. President Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have urged Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden for pressuring the country to fire a top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin.

At the time, Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings — where Hunter had a lucrative role on the board despite limited relevant expertise. Critics have alleged Hunter Biden, in effect, might have been selling access to his father, who had pushed Ukraine to increase its natural gas production.

The interview comes ahead of Joe Biden’s appearance at a Democratic debate Tuesday night in Ohio, while more of Hunter’s financial past is also being subject to scrutiny.

Although Trump repeatedly has hammered Hunter Biden’s ties to China and Ukraine, the latest cloud of suspicion came as Republicans pointed to resurfaced 2008 reports in The New York Times and The American Spectator. The articles, written as Barack Obama and John McCain vied for the White House, found that Hunter Biden received consulting fees from the financial services company MBNA from 2001 to 2005 — while his father, then a senator, was pushing successfully for legislation that would make it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy protection.

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The precise amount of the payments was unclear, but a company official once said Hunter Biden was receiving at least a $100,000 per year retainer, the Times reported. Hunter Biden previously had been an executive at MBNA beginning in 1996, but the consulting fees came years after his departure from the company as a full-time employee.

Aides to then-presidential candidate Barack Obama at the time denied that any lobbying had occurred, and insisted the payments were proper.

Fox News Gregg Re contributed to this report.

Dan Bongino: Most of media refuses to call out Adam Schiff’s false claims

Most of the mainstream media refuses to call out House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., over his false claims about his contact with the whistleblower who reported President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s leader, Fox News contributor Dan Bongino argued Monday.

Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, pointed out on “Fox & Friends” that Schiff was rated “four Pinocchios” by The Washington Post for claiming he did not have advanced knowledge of the whistleblower’s concerns about the phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president.

“The story Adam Schiff told is simply not accurate. There was no quid pro quo, … his staff did meet with people associated with the whistleblower,” said Bongino, labeling Schiff as “brave about his dishonesty.”

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“He goes out and speaks to the nation about evidence he doesn’t have, frequently.”

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Schiff admitted on Sunday in a CBS interview that he should have been clearer about his contact with the whistleblower.

Fox News reported earlier this month that the intelligence community whistleblower did not disclose contact with Schiff’s staff to the intelligence committee inspector general (ICIG).

The sources said ICIG Michael Atkinson told lawmakers in a closed session that the whistleblower did not disclose the contact with the California Democrat’s committee and that Atkinson didn’t investigate that contact as he had no knowledge of it.

Sources also told Fox News that Atkinson revealed that the whistleblower volunteered he or she was a registered Democrat and that they had a prior working relationship with a prominent Democratic politician.

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Bongino said overall, “very few” media outlets have been questioning Schiff’s story, claiming members of the White House national security staff have left to work with Schiff on the Intelligence Committee.

“Nothing illegal, but I’m suggesting it’s unusual, no? Why would you do that? These people still have professional contacts from where the leak we know emanated from, the National Security Council,” said Bongino.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

Coach Marv Levy: NFL honors World War II ‘Greatest Generation’ – Each team has its own connection to war

I recently returned to the great city of Buffalo, New York, for the annual Buffalo Bills Legends Weekend. It’s a special time for me, with the organization bringing back many former players and coaches I admire and respect.

They are the foundation of the NFL team’s history and give it great pride, along with the Bills’ diehard and steadfast fans.

The league is currently commemorating its centennial season. The commemoration intends “to bring generations of football fans, players, communities, and all 32 clubs together for a unique line-up of programming andactivities.”

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One of those activities I would like all NFL clubs to embrace this season is honoring the “Greatest Generation.”

Two players were awarded the Medal of Honor for their World War II service: Jack Lummus of the New York Giants, who was killed in action; and Maurice Britt of the Detroit Lions.

World War II claimed the lives of 21 active or former NFL players in all, a former head coach and a team executive. While those are the ultimate sacrifices, each team has a unique story or connection to the war.

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Former Bears Chairman Ed McCaskey served in the Army’s 80th Division and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Former Jets owner Leon Hess was the fuel supply officer for Gen. George Patton.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees’ grandfather, Robert Ray Akins, served in the Marines on Okinawa, and Drew’s other grandfather, Col. Eugene Wilson Brees, served in the Army in the China-India-Burma Theater.

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Legendary Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry completed 30 combat missions with the Army Air Forces and survived a crash landing in Belgium after his bomber ran out of fuel.

And my good friend, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy and was commanding officer of the minesweeper USS Picket.

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NFL clubs participating in the “Salute to Service” program take a little time during one home game during the season to recognize men and women in uniform. I am calling on the clubs to do a bit more this year: honoring and preserving the memory of World War II and helping to create the next Greatest Generation.

It’s not too much to ask for the clubs to dedicate a little extra time or resources to educate our youth about the sacrifices made by all Americans during World War II.

AOC gets choked up at climate forum: ‘My dreams of motherhood are now bittersweet’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., got emotional on Friday as she discussed how climate change affected her own personal outlook on life.

“I speak to you not as an elected official or a public figure, but I speak to you as a human being,” the freshman congresswoman told a climate summit in Copenhagen. “A woman whose dreams of motherhood now taste bittersweet, because of what I know about our children’s future,” she added, apparently choking back tears.

She was giving her keynote address at the C40 World Mayors Summit which recently approved a global version of her “Green New Deal.”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to decry the impacts of climate change and indicating that Puerto Ricans died because they lived “under colonial rule.”

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“I speak to you as daughter and descendant of colonized peoples who have already begun to suffer. Just two years ago one of the deadliest disasters in the United States struck in the form of Hurricane Maria,” she said.

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“The climate change-powered storm killed over 3,000 Puerto Ricans, American citizens — my own grandfather died in the aftermath — all because they were living under colonial rule, which contributed to the dire conditions and lack of recovery.”

She added that it wasn’t a “coincidence” that Hurricane Dorian had similar impacts on the Bahamas. “As many have noticed in an — noted in an awful turn the climate crisis has passed is first impacting those who have not only contributed to our emissions the least but have already suffered greatly in the global history of inequality, colonization, and imperialism stacking one injustice upon another,” she said.

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The New York congresswoman traveled to Copenhagen for a meeting with the C40, a group of 94 mayors led by Los Angeles’ Mayor Eric Garcetti — who was just announced as the group’s new chair. There, several U.S. mayors supported the “Global Green New Deal.”

The plan aims to halve carbon emissions by 2030 through cleaner alternatives and the “strictest possible building codes.” It also seeks to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of keeping warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Biden’s full-throated attack on Trump seen as double-edged sword

Joe Biden took to Twitter Thursday to declare, “President Trump picked a fight with the wrong guy.”

That’s the same line the former vice president used a day earlier – to a rousing standing ovation – as Biden, for the first time, unequivocally called for the impeachment of Trump.

While the president has been front-and-center in the Ukraine controversy that sparked House Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry into Trump, Biden’s another key player, and with the impeachment push overshadowing the 2020 White House race, the Democrat has grabbed outsized attention over his rivals for the presidential nomination.

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It’s a double-edged sword for the former vice president, with Trump’s allegations against Biden’s own Ukraine connection also in the spotlight.

Biden on Wednesday launched a forceful attack on the president – coming from a candidate who in recent weeks was anything but aggressive in calling for Trump’s impeachment, unlike most of his 2020 rivals.

“We all laughed when he said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and get away with it. It’s no joke,” Biden emphasized during two speeches in New Hampshire. “He’s shooting holes in the Constitution, and we cannot let him get away with it.”

Biden’s announcement came one day after the White House vowed not to play ball with the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, but it also came as the former vice president lost his polling status as the unrivaled front-runner. Biden’s neck-and-neck with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for the top spot in most of the recent national and early-voting-state surveys, although he held a lead in the latest Fox News Poll.

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And, Biden was left in the dust in the race for campaign cash, with both Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont each topping him by roughly $10 million in the July-September third quarter of fundraising.

With those setbacks in mind, the unveiling of the more aggressive, in-your-face approach by Biden has been seen as considerably timely.

“It gets his sea legs under him,” noted Larry Rasky, a longtime Biden friend, adviser and fundraiser. “It gives everybody more energy.”

Rasky, who’s not directly involved in Biden’s 2020 campaign, predicted, “it’s definitely going to help fundraising.”

He added that donors “are happy to see Biden taking on the fight with intensity.”

Biden, in his speeches, taunted the president, claiming “he’s afraid of just how badly I will beat him next November.”

Veteran Democratic consultant and communications strategist Lynda Tran noted that such swagger would resonate with voters. She also said the Ukraine controversy put the spotlight on foreign relations, a wheelhouse for the former vice president.

“His remarks yesterday came across as an ‘enough is enough’ call to action and reminder to the American electorate of the fighter and statesman they have long known,” said Tran, who ran communications for the Obama-era grassroots group Organizing for America and was a founding partner of the communications firm 270 Strategies.

The impeachment inquiry was sparked by Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he asked Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son Hunter over their dealings in the eastern European country. Fueled by whistleblower complaints and a transcript of the call released by the White House, Democrats argued the president was asking a foreign country to interfere in a U.S. election.

Adding to the controversy was the fact that before that phone call, millions in U.S. military aid to Ukraine was put on hold. Despite allegations that Trump was using that money as leverage, Trump has insisted repeatedly that he did nothing wrong. He said there was no “quid pro quo” and on numerous occasions has described his conversation with the Ukrainian leader as “perfect.”

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The president and allies instead have tried to put the spotlight on Biden and his son.

Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while his father was vice president. Trump and fellow Republicans have questioned how Biden pushed in 2016 for the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was looking into corruption at the company. The prosecutor – who had faced widespread accusations of overlooking corruption in his own office – later was dismissed.

Biden, defending his actions in Ukraine, said, “there’s no truth to [Trump’s] charges and attacks against me and my son. Zero.”

Biden also accused the president of throwing “lies and distortions and smears” at him and his son, “because he thinks he’ll undermine my candidacy for the nomination as well as the presidency if I am the nominee.”

While the Fox News national poll released Wednesday indicated that a majority said the president should be impeached and removed from office, Biden has faced warning signs of his own.

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Thirty-six percent questioned in the survey said they found the Trump allegations against Biden extremely or very troubling. That included 34 percent of independents and even 24 percent of Democrats.

Longtime Republican strategist Colin Reed highlighted that “the discussion involving Ukraine is going to involve a continued focus on why Hunter Biden was being paid $50,000 a month to sit on the board of an energy company with him having absolutely no expertise in that area.”

Reed emphasized, “I think that crony capitalism does not sit well with voters in the center, right or left.”

And, Biden’s increased criticism aimed at the president likely will incite further attacks from Trump.

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While the former vice president was speaking in New Hampshire, the president took to Twitter to return fire.

“So pathetic to see Sleepy Joe Biden, who with his son, Hunter, and to the detriment of the American Taxpayer, has ripped off at least two countries for millions of dollars, calling for my impeachment – and I did nothing wrong. Joe’s Failing Campaign gave him no other choice!” Trump wrote.

Turkey’s military assault in Syria leaves more than 100 Kurdish fighters dead, report says

Turkey’s ongoing military assault in Syria has left more than 100 Kurdish forces dead, a report said Thursday morning, a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s troops launched airstrikes and unleashed artillery shelling on Syrian towns and villages the length of its border.

Information about the rising death toll came as Turkey’s state-run news agency said Turkey-allied Syrian opposition fighters have “cleared of terror” two villages across the border in Syria — meaning there are no more Syrian Kurdish fighters in those villages.

The Middle East Eye, quoting Erdoğan, reported that 109 Kurdish fighters have been killed so far in Operation Peace Spring.

Meanwhile, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Turkish commandos entered the village of Beir Asheq, near the town of Tal Abyad on Thursday morning.

Turkish forces began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday under the cover of airstrikes and artillery shelling.

Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria started after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for the assault on Syrian Kurdish forces, who have long been allied with the U.S.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said Turkish jets and artillery struck 181 targets east of the Euphrates River since the incursion started.

Turkey says it intends to create a “safe zone” that would push Kurdish militia away from its border and eventually allow the repatriation of up to 2 million Syrian refugees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.