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Pentagon: Turkey Ready To Join Coalition's Air Fight Against Islamic State


The U.S. Department of Defense says the United States and Turkey have finalized “technical details” on an agreement calling for Turkey to be fully integrated into the international air campaign against the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said on August 25 that it would likely take "a few days" to put the technical agreement into practice.

He added that Turkey is "committed to fully participating as soon as possible" in military operations against IS militants, who seized large parts of Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier said an extensive, coordinated operation against the militant group would start soon.

Turkey has agreed to a deeper involvement in the fight against IS fighters. It has carried out raids against IS targets in Syria and is allowing a key air base close to the Syrian border to be used in the U.S.-led campaign against the militants.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP