April 25, 2017 / 4:57 PM / 2 years ago

Turkey's military says killed 70 militants in Iraq's Sinjar, northern Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s military said it killed around 70 militants in operations on Tuesday in Iraq’s Sinjar and northern Syria, as it stepped up a campaign against groups affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The military made the announcement in an official statement.

Differences over Syria policy have caused friction between the United States and Ankara. Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters, part of a militia backed by Washington in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, to be a terrorist organization.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun and Nick Tattersall; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Dominic Evans

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