Turkey to open its military bases to American troops

Turkey has announced that it will begin allowing United States and coalition allies to station troops in its bases, including a key installation which lies within 100 miles of the Syrian border, in order to conduct operations against the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

United States officials have been urging the Turkish government to play a more significant role in fighting the extremist Islamists who have seized large portions of both Syria and Iraq and have driven thousands of refugees into Turkey.

A military team from the United States will arrive in Turkey later this week in order to work out the details of the training program and discuss the kinds of missions that will be allowed to be flown from Turkey’s bases.

This agreement follows two days of talks between Turkish authorities and John R. Allen, the retired United States general who is coordinating the coalition’s response to the Islamic State. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has been traveling in South America, has said the United States has sought access to Turkish air bases, including one at Incirlik in southern Turkey.

Read more about the story at BBC News.

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