Report: Turkey presses ahead with cross-border shelling
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, center right, speaks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, center left, as they walk in the European Quarter of Brussels on Monday, Feb.15, 2016. European Union officials are calling on Turkey to halt its military action in Syria after Turkish forces shelled positions held by a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia over the weekend. (AP Photo)
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ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s state-run news agency says the Turkish military is pushing ahead with its cross-border artillery shelling campaign against U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia positions in Syria.

Anadolu Agency reported late on Thursday that artillery shells had “intermittently” targeted militia positions near the town of Azaz.

The report came as Turkey blamed the Syrian militia group as well as Turkey’s own Kurdish rebels for Wednesday’s bomb attack in Ankara that killed 28 people. It also called on its allies to cut off support to the militia group.

The Kurdish militia, however, has been most effective in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria.

Ankara appears increasingly uneasy over the group’s recent gains across its border and has continued to shell the militia despite international calls for it to stop.

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