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Turkey Denies Role in Map Showing US Military Posts in Syria

This April 29, 2017, still taken from video shows U.S. forces taking up positions in the northern village of Darbasiyah, Syria. AP Photo via APTV
This April 29, 2017, still taken from video shows U.S. forces taking up positions in the northern village of Darbasiyah, Syria. AP Photo via APTV

ANKARA, Turkey -- The spokesman for Turkey's president says the government had no role in the publication by the Turkish state-run news agency of a map showing U.S. military posts in Syria.

The U.S. military said it had raised concerns with Ankara after Anadolu Agency published a map showing 10 locations where it says U.S. troops are located

The posts span a stretch of northern Syria controlled by Syrian Kurdish forces that the U.S. supports but that Turkey considers a terrorist group.

Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday the news article that contained the map was based on the agency's "own news-gathering network," insisting that the government had not given "the information or directed the agency."

Kalin says Turkey has no "thought or intention that would endanger the lives of our allies' soldiers."

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