US says Turkey has right to hit terror targets

A Turkish soldier checks cars at a checkpoint in Diyarbakir, on July 26, 2015The White House on Sunday backed Turkey’s right to strike back at Kurdish militants, after waves of air and artillery strikes put a fragile ceasefire in jeopardy. “Turkey has a right to take action related to terrorist targets,” said deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes after strikes against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). “The US of course recognises the PKK specifically as a terrorist organisation,” Rhodes said, while welcoming parallel Turkish action against the Islamic State group.

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