ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s military was in intense coordination with U.S. counterparts on the night that U.S. special forces conducted a mission to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria, a presidential spokesman said on Monday.

“Our military and intelligence units were in contact with their American counterparts on this issue and they coordinated. Especially…the night when the operation was conducted, we can say there was intense diplomacy between our military authorities,” Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters.

“A terrorist organization nesting in Syria, near our border, or any other region, is not something we can accept,” he added.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Writing by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Jon Boyle