Day 2: UN Security Council fails to agree on statement against Turkey's Syria offensive

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Turkey said it had killed more than 100 Kurdish fighters in clashes and air strikes since a military incursion into northeast Syria began one day ago.

A total of 109 fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) have been killed, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, adding that Ankara was "seeking to prevent the establishment of a terrorist state to our south".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an independent group that monitors the war in Syria, said earlier at least 26 had been killed, including six from the Turkish side.

Turkey launched the operation on Wednesday saying it would set up a safe zone stretching along its border inside Syria to rid the area of Kurdish fighters that it labels terrorists, and to resettle Syrian refugees.The offensive was launched after U.S. President Donald Trump gave Erdoğan permission in a phone call on Sunday.

Leaders across the globe have voiced concern about the military incursion saying it endangered civilians and threatened regional stability.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, of which the YPG are the main fighting force, have been close allies of the United States in a successful fight against Islamic State (ISIS) in the country.



00: 18 Turkish state news agency reports Turkey killed 228 Syrian Kurdish fighters so far

Total of 228 terrorists neutralized so far since Turkey started Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, AA reported

23:50 - Turkish defence minister talks to U.S. counterpart Esper on phone

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar late on Thursday had a telephone call with the U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. Akar informed Esper about the reasons of Turkey's operation into northeast Syria and recent developments.

22:10 - Trump says there are three choices for Turkey's N.Syria operation

The U.S. President Donald J. Trump, in two tweet messages, stated that he currently has three choices for the Turkish operation, "Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds!"

Trump also said, "Turkey is attacking the Kurds, who have been fighting each other for 200 years...." Turks and Kurds fought together during the Independence War in the 1920s against the Western powers and then created the new Turkish Republic. As the founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk consolidated his power, the Turkish state faced several Kurdish rebellions and put them out with brutal force. 

Turkey sees the Syrian Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG) as an offshoot of the PKK, an armed group which has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish-populated southeast for more than three decades.

21:40 - Turkish foreign minister says Syria operation should include all borderline

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said during a televised interview on Thursday Turkey's offensive into northeast Syria should be expanded to an area stretching all along its border.

21:20 - UN Security Council fails to agree on statement against Turkey's Syria offensive

Associated Press has reported that the United Nations Security Council failed to agree on a statement denouncing Turkey’s offensive into northeast Syria targetting Kurdish militias.

21:15 - U.S. envoy for UN warns Turkey of consequences of Syria offensive

The U.S. envoy to the United Nations on Thursday said Turkey would face consequences from its assault in northeast Syria if it did not protect exposed civilians or restrain the Islamic State (ISIS), Reuters reported.

“Failure to play by the rules, to protect vulnerable populations, failure to guarantee that ISIS cannot exploit these actions to reconstitute will have consequences,” Kelly Craft told reporters after the U.N. Security Council met behind closed doors on Syria.

21:00 - European countries call on Turkey to stop Syria offensive

The EU6, governments of Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, Britain and Estonia, issued on Thursday a statement calling for an end to Turkey's military action in northeast Syria.

20:15 - Turkish troops, Turkey-backed Syrian fighters encircle two SDF-held towns

Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels have surrounded two border towns in northeast Syria, Ras al Ayn and Tel Abyad, held by the U.S.-backed SDF, Reuters reported, citing a spokesman for the rebel forces.

20:00 - Italy summons Turkish ambassador over Ankara's Syria operation

Reuters, citing a ministry spokesman, has reported that the Italian foreign ministry summoned Turkey’s ambassador to protest over Turkish military offensive into northeast Syria.

Italy earlier called for an immediate end to the offensive, saying that it was “unacceptable”.

19:45 - Death toll rises to six in Turkey as shelling continues

Six civilians in Turkey's southern cities of Şanlıurfa and Mardin have been killed and 68 wounded by shells fired by the Kurdish militia in northeast Syria in response to Turkey's military operation, Secular opposition daily Cumhuriyet reported.

19:30 - Norway suspends future arms exports to Turkey

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that Norway has suspended new licenses for arms exports to Turkey amid pressure on Ankara over the offensive into northeast Syria. 

18:40 - The Syriac Military Council to deploy forces against Turkish offensive

The Syriac Military Council of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has announced that it will send forces to northeast Syria to fight against Turkey and Turkish-backed Syrian forces. The Syriacs are one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.


18:25 - Turkish state news reports five civilians killed in shelling

Five civilians in Turkey have been killed and 66 wounded by shells fired by Kurdish-led fighters in northeast Syria in response to Turkey's military operation, BBC Turkish has reported, citing Turkey's state television channel TRT.

17:45 - Turkey reports capture of seven villages

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency has reported that six villages near Tel Abyad and one village near Ras al-Ayn have been cleared in the military operation in northeast Syria.

Analyst Elizabeth Tsurkov tweeted that the advance likely aims to cut roads leading from the Darbasiye border town to Ras al-Ayn and from Ras al-Ayn to Tel Abyad.

17:15 – At least 23 SDF fighters and eight civilians killed in northern Syria - observatory

At least 23 fighters with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and eight civilians have been killed since the start of a Turkish offensive on Wednesday, Reuters quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying.

The SDF has not given a casualty toll, while six fighters with Turkey-backed rebel groups have also been killed, Reuters said

17:10 – U.S. Senator Graham calls on Trump administration to push back against Turkish operation

Senator Lindsey Graham, a firm opponent of the Turkish military operation in northeast Syria, said in a tweet that Congress would "aggressively push back" against Turkey and called on President Donald Trump's administration to join the effort.

Graham is the co-creator of a draft bill that if passed would hit Turkey's political leadership, military and energy sector with tough sanctions unless it halts its advance into Syria.

17:05 – Şanlıurfa Governor's Office says two killed in rocket attacks

The governorate of Turkey’s southeastern province of Şanlıurfa said on Thursday that two people had been killed in rocket attacks on border towns.

Rocket attacks struck the towns of Akçakale and Ceylanpınar, killing nine-month-old Syrian child Muhammad Omar and civil servant Cihan Güneş, the governorate said in a statement. The attacks also wounded 46 Turkish citizens.

17: 00 Pakistan says it recognises Turkey’s legitimate security concerns

Pakistan said it recognised Turkey’s legitimate security concerns, following the start of a Turkish offensive in northern Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

“We recognise Turkey’s legitimate security concerns in the region. Like Pakistan, Turkey has also been a victim of terrorism,” Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, said in weekly media briefing.

16: 50 Turkey does not see lasting negative economic impact from Syria operation

The Turkish Treasury does not expect there to be a lasting negative impact on the country’s economy from its military incursion in northeast Syria, a Treasury official told Reuters on Thursday.

16: 45 More than 60,000 displaced by Turkey assault on Syria - AFP

Turkey’s military offensive on northeastern Syria has displaced more than 60,000 people in less than a day, Agence France-Presse quoted Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying on Thursday.

The monitoring group said large number of residents from the border areas of Ras al Ayn, Tel Abyad and Derbasiyeh had fled their homes, mostly east towards the city of Hasakeh.

16:40 Trump says the United States is talking to both Turkey and Kurds

U.S. President Donald Trump said that the United States had no troops anywhere near the area Turkey had been carrying out a military offensive in northern Syria, adding that Washington was talking to both sides.

“Turkey has been planning to attack the Kurds for a long time. They have been fighting forever. We have no soldiers or Military anywhere near the attack area. I am trying to end the ENDLESS WARS. Talking to both sides. Some want us to send tens of thousands of soldiers to the area and start a new war all over again. Turkey is a member of NATO. Others say STAY OUT, let the Kurds fight their own battles (even with our financial help). I say hit Turkey very hard financially & with sanctions if they don’t play by the rules! I am watching closely,” Trump said in two consecutive tweets

16:20 British Foreign Secretary calls on Ankara to show restraint

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he had expressed to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu Britain’s disappointment and concerns about the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria and called for restraint. 

“The intervention risks greater humanitarian suffering and undermines the focus on countering Daesh (Islamic State),” Raab said on Twitter.

16:15 UN refugee agency says hundreds of thousands in harm’s way in northern Syria.

The escalation of conflict in northern Syria risks causing more human suffering and adding new displacement to what is already the largest displacement crisis in the world, the United Nation’s refugee agency UNHCR said in a statement.

“Hundreds of thousands of civilians in northern Syria are now in harm’s way. Civilians and civilian infrastructure must not be a target,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said.

16:10 – SDF says Turkish attacks have struck civilian homes, convoy

Strikes by the Turkish army and air force have struck civilians’ homes and a convoy in northeast Syria, the SDF said on its official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.
“A civilian convoy was hit by Turkish army en route to #Tal_Abyad. 3 civilians were killed and many others were wounded acc. to initial reports,” the SDF said in a tweet at 3:55 p.m.

Another tweet showed images of what the SDF said were civilian casualties from Turkish air force strikes on Tel Abyad, while a third showed houses it said were damaged in the Turkish bombardment. 

15:45 Netanyahu condemns Turkish invasion of Syria, warns against ethnic cleansing

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Turkish military offensive in Syria “an invasion of the Kurdish areas” and warned against ethnic cleansing of Kurds.


15:40 - Turkish Defence Ministry says SDF is using civilian buildings to launch attacks

Turkey's Defence Ministry said in a tweet that Syrian Kurdish fighters had been hiding in civilian buildings, schools and hospitals to launch cross-border rocket attacks against civilian areas in Turkish towns. The tweet included images of buildings it said had been damaged in the attacks.

15:35 France summons Turkish envoy to Paris - Reuters

The French Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkey’s ambassador to a meeting on Thursday on the Turkish offensive in Syria, a diplomatic source told Reuters.

15: 25 As EU candidate, Turkey must align with EU foreign policy - EU Commission

Turkey must consider that its bid to join the European Union requires it to adhere to EU foreign policy, the bloc’s executive commission said on Thursday, again rejecting Ankara’s military operation in northern Syria, Reuters reported.
“Joining the European Union requires all candidates to align themselves with the European Union foreign policy ... in that context if Turkey is serious about its ambitions (to join the bloc), that is the path it must follow,” a commission spokeswoman told a news briefing.

14:45 – Turkish trade unions issue joint statement criticising military operation

Four of Turkey’s leading unions have issued a joint statement calling the government’s Syrian offensive an adventure that would deepen the true problems plaguing the country.
“Our country’s fundamental problems are record-breaking unemployment, an inundation of price inflation and the millions of people who are being impoverished,” said the joint statement. “Our country’s fundamental problem is the destruction of democracy and justice.”

The statement was published by the Turkish Medical Association, Turkish Chamber of Architects and Engineers, the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey and the Confederation of Public Workers’ Unions.

14:16 – Turkish authorities near Syria border warn journalists against entering security zones

The Governor’s Office in the southeastern border province of Şanlıurfa warned journalists against entering security zones declared during Turkey’s military offensive in Syria, saying authorities would start legal proceedings against those who violated the ban to take pictures and make broadcasts.

14:16 – Lavrov says Russia will push for Turkish-Syrian dialogue

Russia plans to push for dialogue between the Syrian and Turkish governments following an incursion by Turkish troops into Syria, the RIA news agency cited Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Thursday.

14:00 – Turkish prosecutors investigate pro-Kurdish politicians over opposition to Syria operation

Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-leaders Sezai Temelli and Pervin Buldan and lawmakers Gülüstan Kılıç Koçyiğin, Leyla Güven and Berdan Öztürk over a statement opposing Turkey’s military operation in Syria.

The Kurdish politicians are accused of terrorist propaganda and public denigration of the government for releasing the statement after Turkey launched its operation against Kurdish-led autonomous regions in northeast Syria on Wednesday.

13:00 Turkish police detains two journalists

Turkish police detained Hakan Demir, the internet editor of the leftist Birgün newspaper, on Thursday morning. The newspaper said the detentions is believed to be related Birgün’s news reports on Turkish offensive in Syria. Gökhan Diler, the managing editor of independent news site Diken, is also under detention over provoking hatred and animosity, Birgün said.

Some 21 people have been detained over their social media posts denouncing Turkey’s military operation in the southeastern province of Marding, pro-government TGRT hater reported on Thursday. Turkish police on Wednesday announced that investigations had been launched into 78 people over their social media posts related to Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring. 

12:50 Iran calls for withdrawal of Turkish forces in Syria

Iran demanded an immediate halt to the Turkish military offensive in Syria and the withdrawal of Turkish troops, Sputnik English reported.

“Iran’s Foreign Ministry, expressing its concern over Turkey’s military operations on Syrian territory, and taking into account the seriousness of the humanitarian situation and the ongoing dangers posed to civilians in the conflict zones, emphasises the need to immediately stop the attacks and for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Syria,” the ministry said in a statement.

12:42 Armenia plans evacuating Armenian families from Tel Abyad

Armenia condemned the Turkey’s military offensive in northeast Syria calling it an invasion that would lead to the “deterioration of regional security, losses among civilians, mass displacement and eventually to a new humanitarian crisis.” The plight of ethnic and religious minorities is of particular concern, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.

Armen Sargsyan, the Armenian consul general in Aleppo, announced plans to evacuate 16 Armenian families in Tel Abyad, BBC Turkish reported. There are also Armenian families in Qamishli, Sargsyan said.

12:38 Turkey-backed Syrian fighters announce capturing Al Yabisah village near Tel Abyad

The Twitter account of Syrian National Army announced that its fighters captured Al Yabisah village west of the town of Tel Abyad.

12:10 Syrian National Army enters territory east of Euphrates to support Turkish operation

Members of Turkey-backed Syrian National Army (formerly Free Syrian Army - FSA) entered northeast Syria to support the Turkish military operation, state run Anadolu Agency reported.

12:10 Turkey shelled prison holding ISIS fighters Kurdish-led administration in northeast Syria - Reuters

Syrian Kurdish-led authorities accused Turkey of shelling a prison holding ISIS militants of more than 60 nationalities, Reuters reported. The shelling on Wednesday night targeted part of Chirkin prison in the city of Qamishli, Kurdish-led authorities said in a statement. There was no immediate comment from Turkey, Reuters said.

11:48 Syrian Democratic Council co-chair Ilham Ahmad calls on countries to withdraw diplomatic representations from Turkey

Ilham Ahmed, the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, told a press conference in Brussels that Turkey did not have the right to attack a region in peace and called on the international community for support.

Ahmad also called on countries to withdraw diplomatic representations in Turkey, to close airspace and create a no-fly zone, journalist Wladimir van Wilgenburg said on Twitter.

11:30 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to visit Turkey on Friday

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg would visit Ankara on Friday and meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. Stoltenberg’s visit was scheduled before Turkey’s  operation in northeastern Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency said.

11:00 Turkish Defence Ministry says the operation continued successfully during the night

The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Thursday that Operation Peace Spring was prosecuted successfully by air and land during the night. “Initial targets were seized. The operation is continuing successfully as planned,” it said in a statement on Twitter.

10:54 Turkish lira swings between gains and losses

Turkey's lira swung between gains and losses on Thursday after the military, backed by loyalist fighters, entered northeast Syria to battle Kurdish militants and forge out a safe zone.

The lira rose less than 0.1 percent to 5.86 per dollar at 9:56 a.m. local time in Istanbul. It dropped 0.5 percent on Wednesday even as state-run banks sold dollars in support of the local currency.

10:01 - Turkish vice president calls on world to unite in support of Turkey

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said countries across the globe should unite in the battle against terrorism after an offensive by Turkey's military into northeast Syria was opposed by many political leaders.

"It is our greatest expectation that the world public opinion will have the same determination in the fight against terrorist organizations," Oktay said in comments on Twitter overnight.

09:43 - Initial clashes, bombings kill at least 22, Syrian group says

The SDF is resisting an offensive by Turkish forces in and around Tal Abyad, where at least 11 members of the SDF along with six attackers were killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Thursday. Five fighters of the SDF were killed in a Turkish air and ground assault on Ras Al-Ayn on Wednesday, it said. Thirty-three members of the SDF were injured in the overall clashes, which included shelling and targeting by medium and heavy weapons in Ras Al-Ayn and other areas stretching from east of the Euphrates river to west of the Tigris. The SDF is hitting areas inside Turkish territory with mortars, the observatory said.

02:51- Damage to U.S. reputation will be extraordinary over cutting deal with Erdogan - Sen Rubio

The U.S. senator Marco Rubio sent a tweet message on Wednesday night slamming President Trump for letting Turkish forces begin the military operation.

At request of this administration the Kurds served as the primary ground fighters against ISIS in Syria so U.S. troops wouldn’t have to.

Then cut deal with Erdogan allowing him to wipe them out.

Damage to our reputation & national interest will be extraordinary & long lasting.

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 9, 2019

00:01- The U.S. has not given Turkey a green light - Sec Pompeo 

The U.S. has not given Turkey a green light to invade Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday evening, but also added that Ankara had “legitimate security concerns” and that President Donald Trump made a decision to move American soldiers out of harm’s way, Reuters reported. 

Speaking to broadcaster PBS in an interview, Pompeo dismissed widespread concerns over the resurgence of Islamic State in Syria, Reuters said.

23:31- Pres Trump: Turkey should pursue operation "humanely" 

At a press conference, U.S. President Trump says Kurds did not help U.S. during World War Two, but "we like the Kurds." Trump says Turkey should pursue operation "humanely" and that if Erdoğan conducts it unfairly "he's going to pay a very big economic price."

Trump says he agrees on sanctions but that consequences could be even tougher on Turkey if he deems its military operation to cross the line.

23:11- U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Lindsey Graham announces sanctions bill targeting Turkey

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Lindsey Graham agreed sanctions bill proposing extensive measures against Turkey in response to Syria operation, including sanctions on assets President Erdoğan and top cabinet ministers and CAATSA sanctions

Breaking: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen shares sanctions bill proposing extensive measures against Turkey in response to Syria operation, including sanctions on assets of President Erdoğan and top cabinet ministers and CAATSA sanctions

— Ahval (@ahval_en) October 9, 2019

22:41- Turkey starts ground offensive in northeast Syria 

The Defence Ministry announced that Turkey started a ground offensive as part of Operation Peace Spring in Syria targeting Kurdish forces.

The ground offensive arrives hours after Turkish warplanes and artillery began hitting territory held by Kurdish-led forces in the region.

The Turkish Armed Forces and the Syrian National Army have launched the land operation into the east of the Euphrates river as part of the Operation Peace Spring.

— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) October 9, 2019

22:35 -  Iran's parliamentary speaker scraps Turkey visit

Iran's parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani has cancelled an upcoming trip to Turkey after it launched an operation into Syria, Reuters quoted Iranian state TV as saying

"Larijani was invited by his Turkish counterpart to attend a parliamentary meeting in Turkey. His trip has been cancelled," it quoted the station as saying.

22:25 -  Saudi Arabia condemns Turkish offensive

Saudi Arabia has condemned Turkey’s operation into northeast Syria targeting Kurdish militia, Reuters quoted an official source in the Saudi foreign ministry as saying.

The kingdom is concerned over the incursion, which poses a threat to regional security and peace, the source said. 

 22:15 -  SDF says 5 civilians killed, dozens wounded in Turkish bombing

The majority-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have said five civilians have been killed and dozens wounded following Turkish bombing in the border region on Wednesday, Reuters reported. 

Tree of its own fighter have also been killed in the attack, the SDF said.

22:00 - Military operation into Syria, Rojava trending on Turkish Twitter

Two hashtags pertaining to the Turkish incursion into northern Syria, which began on Wednesday, are trending on Turkish Twitter.

Twitter users are using the hashtags of  #BarisPinarıHarekati, the name given to the incursion, and #Rojova Kazanacak, Rojava will win, in their social media posts.

 21:30 - Erdoğan chairs meeting on incursion in Ankara

The Turkish president chaired a meeting  at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on the military operation into northern Syria.

Turkish ministers, Chief of Staff Yaşar Güler, as well as the Turkish Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan, were present during the meeting,  Yeni Şafak said.

21:15 - Istanbul mosques sound prayers in support of incursion

Mosques across Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul called out special prayers for Turkey’s operation into northern Syria, pro-government Sabah newspaper reported.

Called on an order, the prayer preceded the daily night prayers, Sabah said. 

21:00 - Erdoğan advisor tells CNN Turkish, U.S. presidents in agreement on details of incursion

Senior advisor to the Turkish President, Gülnur Aybet, tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that President Trump and President Erdogan have reached an understanding over the details of the Turkish incursion.


The White House says that it “has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.”

But a senior adviser to Erdogan, @Gulnuray, tells me: “President Trump and President Erdogan have reached an understanding over precisely what this operation is.”

— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) October 9, 2019

20:45 - Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition HDP calls for united stance against occupation

The opposition pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) has called on the country to unite against the “occupation’’ of northern Syria, stressing that Turkey needs peace at home instead of cross-border operations. 

“We are calling on the people of Turkey to say no to war,’’ pro-Kurdish Fırat news agency quoted HDP officials as saying.

20:30 - U.N. Security Council to meet over Turkish incursion on Thursday

The U.N. Security Council is set to meet behind closed doors on Thursday to address the Turkish incursion in northeast Syria, the New York Post reported.

The meeting follows a request the five European members, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland, it said citing diplomats .

France, Britain and Germany  “are finalizing a joint statement that will be extremely clear on the fact that we condemn very strongly and firmly what has been reported,” it said, quoting French European Affairs Minister Amélie de Montchalin.

20:30 - Border regions of  Şanlıurfa province under special security 

Parts of Turkey’s southeastern Şanlıurfa province which border with Syria have been declared special security regions by the governor’s office, Yeni Şafak newspaper reported.

20:10 - White House says Turkey operation a ‘bad idea’

President Donald Trump says the United States “does not endorse’’ Turkey's assault on Syria, calling the operation “a bad idea,’’ AP reported.

The U.S. President, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said that Turkey had committed to “protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place,''

“Turkey is now responsible for ensuring all ISIS fighters being held captive remain in prison and that ISIS does not reconstitute in any way, shape, or form.  We expect Turkey to abide by all of its commitments, and we continue to monitor the situation closely.'' Trump said.

White House issues statement on Turkish invasion into Syria

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) October 9, 2019