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Turkey Seeks Major U.S. Military Support to Adopt Fight in Syria

Turkey Seeks Major U.S. Military Support to Adopt Fight in Syria by Michael R. Gordon, Nancy A. Youssef and Dion Nissenbaum – Wall Street Journal

Turkey is asking the U.S. to provide substantial military support, including air strikes, transport and logistics, so that Turkish forces can assume the main responsibility for fighting the Islamic State extremist group in Syria, senior U.S. officials say.

 

The Turkish requests are so extensive that, if fully met, the American military might be deepening its involvement in Syria instead of reducing it before leaving, the officials added.

 

Discussions on how the Turks might take over the Syria mission will take place in talks in the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday involving White House National Security Adviser John Bolton; Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs; and James Jeffrey, the State Department envoy for Syria…

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