White House says need to accelerate Turkish help in Iraq, Syria

October 11, 2014 00:49

WASHINGTON - The White House on Friday emphasized the importance of quickly getting Turkish military help in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, an issue that came to the forefront this week in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Lisa Monaco, a top national security aide to President Barack Obama, met with Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan on Friday, part of a series of US-Turkish meetings on Turkey's support for training moderate Syrian fighters.

Monaco "expressed appreciation for Turkey's support to ongoing US military operations in Iraq and Syria and underscored the importance of accelerating Turkish assistance as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS," the White House said in a statement

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