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On Friday, the United States stressed the importance of accelerating the process of getting the Turkish military help in the fight against militants fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in Syria and Iraq, an issue that came to the forefront this week in the Syrian border city of Kobane.
Lisa Monaco, a top national security aide to President Barack Obama, held a meeting with the chief of the Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan, on Friday, within the framework of a series of U.S-Turkish meetings on Turkey’s support for training moderate Syrian fighters.
Monaco “expressed appreciation for Turkey’s support to ongoing U.S. 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 ISIL,” the White House said in a statement.