FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 file photo, an army commander informs Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, left, on a Turkey-Iraq border map, in Cukurca, Turkey. Just days into the operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, a fault-line has widened between Iraq and Turkey that reflects the lingering distrust of the various forces arrayed against the extremists. The rhetoric is growing increasingly heated on both sides, with some hinting at an open confrontation after the city is liberated – or maybe even before. (Prime Ministry Press Service, Pool photo via AP, File) (The Associated Press)
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Map locates Maarraat Umm Hawsh, Syria; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm; (The Associated Press)
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Turkish jets have struck the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia north of the embattled city of Aleppo, killing as many as 200 militia members, Turkey's state-run news agency reported Thursday. The Anadolu Agency, quoting military officials, said the raids were carried out late Wednesday night, attacking 18 targets in the Maarraat Umm Hawsh region in northern Syria.(Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP) (The Associated Press)
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish jets have struck 18 Syrian Kurdish militia targets north of the Syrian city of the embattled city of Aleppo, killing as many as 200.
Anadolu Agency says Thursday the raids targeted the Maarraat Umm Hawsh region in northern Syria. The agency said between 160 and 200 militia fighters were killed in the raid.
It says the air strikes took place late Wednesday night.
The United States considers the militia group, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG, to be the most effect force in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria. Turkey says the group is an extension of its own outlawed Kurdish militants who have carried out a series of deadly attacks in Turkey over the past year.