Turkish warplanes today (October 20, 2016) carried out deadly strikes on U.S.-backed militias in northern Syria -- including Syrian Kurdish fighters -- in action that is likely to increase tensions between the NATO allies, according to the Yahoo News website.
The raids hit 18 targets north of the battered Syrian city of Aleppo, areas recently recaptured by the People's Protection Units (YPG) from the Islamic State (IS) group.
The army said the raids killed between 160 and 200 YPG militants.
Tensions between the U.S. and its NATO ally Turkey have heightened in recent months over Ankara's actions against YPG, which Washington views as an effective force against IS in Syria. Turkey's hostility toward the YPG and the Kurds stems from the Kurds' attempt to establish their own independent Kurdish state in Turkey, which has resulted in many Kurdish terrorist attacks in Turkey