Middle East

Turkish PM says U.S. air strikes in Iraq could cause heavy casualties

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his lawmakers and supporters at the parliament in Ankara June 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday U.S. air strikes on militants in Iraq could cause a high number of civilian deaths and that Washington did not view such a strategy favorably.

"America, with its current stance and the statements it has made, does not view such attacks positively," Erdogan told reporters in Ankara when asked about the possibility of U.S. air strikes.

"There are (militant) ISIS elements which are mixed in with the people. Such an operation could result in a serious number of deaths among civilians," he said.





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