Before and during its operation in northwestern Syria that killed a terrorist ringleader, the U.S. acted “within the spirit of Alliance and strategic partnership” in the fight primarily against the Daesh and PKK/YPG terror groups, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said Sunday.

Underlining that U.S. and Turkish military officials coordinated and exchanged information prior to the operation on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement that Ankara warned its forces and “took timely measures to ensure operational and personnel security,” on the basis of “interoperability and prevention of mutual interference with US elements.”

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