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Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds cross border

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Turkey's foreign minister says Iraqi Kurdish forces will be allowed to cross Turkey to join Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that security forces in the Iraqi Kurdish region may now cross the border to fight in Ayn al-Arab, northern Syria.

Syrian Kurds are defending the town close to Turkey. There is concern that it may fall to the militants.

Cavusoglu did not say how many Kurdish forces will be allowed to pass through, or the routes they can use.

Kurds in Turkey have been criticizing the government for not giving sufficient military assistance to Kurds in Syria.

US military aircraft have been airdropping weapons and ammunition for Syrian Kurdish forces. They are also conducting air strikes against Islamic State militants near Turkey.

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