Turkey Bombs PKK After Deadly Ankara Attack Kills 37
Turkey's military said its warplanes carried out 18 airstrikes Monday targeting Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.
The strikes against the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, came a day after a car bombing killed at least 37 people in Turkey's capital, Ankara.
There has been no claim of responsibility and Turkish officials said they expected to announce the results of the investigation into the blast on Monday.
Turkish forces have been carrying out an offensive against the PKK since July when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the fight would continue until every militant is defeated.
Sunday's blast happened near Kizilay square, a key shopping and transportation hub near foreign embassies and government buildings.
Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said it targeted civilians at a bus stop, and that more than 120 people were wounded.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu convened an emergency security meeting after the bombing.
US: Syria 'Clearly Trying to Disrupt' Peace Talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused Syria of “clearly trying to disrupt" the U.N.-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending the bloody five-year civil war in the country by demanding that there be no discussion of removing President Bashar al-Assad from power.
The top U.S. diplomat said that violence in the war-wracked country has been "hugely reduced" -- by 80 to 90 percent -- since a “cessation of hostilities” was declared two weeks ago. But he said the "single biggest violator" of the truce has been the Assad regime.
He said “incremental violations threaten to undermine” efforts to permanently end the fighting and any effort to eventually hold elections in Syria.
Kerry spoke after meeting with his British, French, German and Italian counterparts Sunday in Paris about the Syrian crisis, a day before the U.N. talks are set to begin in Geneva.
Ahead of Monday's discussions, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem warned negotiators that any talk about the fate of Syria's president is off the table.
Mohammad Alloush, the chief negotiator for Syria's main opposition group, said the president has to go, a demand the U.S. also has long made.
Alloush told the French news agency AFP, "We believe that the transitional period should start with the fall or death of Bashar al-Assad."
Kerry has urged both sides in Syria to proceed with the peace talks despite their conflict over the presidency.