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Ankara has offered condolences to Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani over the killing of Peshmerga troops in a Turkish airstrike on April 26, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırm made the remarks during a telephone conversation with Barzani, an official in the prime ministry said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.    
   
Yıldırm reportedly added that “cooperation against terrorism would continue.”        

On April 26, strikes against outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in Sinjar, northern Iraq, and Karaçok, Syria, killed 70 militants, but also killed up to six Peshmerga fighters from the KRG of northern Iraq.      
Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said it was a “source of sadness” that the Peshmerga forces had been killed.      

“The Turkish military’s operation is absolutely not against Peshmerga forces,” Erdoğan added.

April/27/2017

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