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Syrian town one week after ISIS fled

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>> It's been exactly a week since Turkish backed forces launched a ground incursion into Syria to retake the town of Jarabulus, on the border with Turkey from Islamic State. Today, a week later, a group of journalists were allowed in the town. I'm David Dolan, Deputy Bureau Chief of Reuters in Istanbul, Turkey.
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And I've just come back from a visit to Jarabulus, which up until last week, was in the hands of Islamic State. Today, the mood is joyous but nervous. There is no food, no electricity, no bread. As one man, a 47 year old lawyer, told me earlier, he said that when Islamic State fled the city, they took everything.
00:00:49
The one bakery in town had one oven, they took that. They took generators. The pipes that carried water are broken. People from the town of Jarabulus want to go to the river to fetch water, he said. But they can't. They're afraid of land mines that have been put there by Islamic State.
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We also spoke to the local doctor, a urologist who's running a clinic with just two beds. He said they have emergency supplies, but their equipment, too, have been taken by Islamic State fighters as they fled the town. In that small little hospital, they don't have an X-ray machine.
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He said he saw 30 patients today, many of them victims of land mines. So now, the question for Turkey is, what is next? Some of the people that we spoke to said that the Kurds had come within five kilometers of the town. They are to the east and they are to the west.
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And at one point they were certainly to the south of Jarabulus. Whether or not Turkey will advance and fight the Kurds remains to be seen. But if they do fight the Syrian Kurdish YPG, certainly, it will cause more trouble with the United States.