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US, Turkey discuss stepping up anti-IS fight: sources

A picture taken from the Turkish side of the border in Suruc, shows Turkish soldiers standing as smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on June 27, 2015A senior US delegation ended two days of talks Wednesday with Turkish officials on escalating the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria, sources said. The delegation, including US presidential envoy John Allen and Under Secretary of Defence for Policy Christine Wormuth, met in Ankara with Turkish military officials and foreign ministry undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu, they said. Turkey — NATO’s only majority Muslim member — has stayed out of active participation in the US-led coalition assisting Kurdish forces in the fight against IS, stirring irritation in Washington.

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