Report: Turkey, U.S. Haven't Yet Agreed on America's Use of Incirlik Base to Fight IS

On Sunday, U.S. officials had said accord had been reached. Reuters says agreement reached to train Syrian rebels, but who will train them is unclear.

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Turkish soldiers hold their positions with their tanks on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria, October 12, 2014.
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Turkey and the U.S. remain in talks to enable America to use the Incirlik air base to attack Islamic State, and the two sides haven't yet reached agreement, sources at the Turkish prime minister's office told Reuters.

Ankara and Washington had agreed on training of Syrian rebels but left unclear who would train them and where, the sources told the news service.

On Sunday, U.S. defense officials had said that Turkey would let U.S. and coalition forces use its bases, including Incirlik – a key installation 100 miles from the Syrian border – for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Islamic State is trying to form a caliphate in those two countries.

The Obama administration has been pressing Ankara to play a larger role against the extremists, who have taken control of large swaths of Syria and Iraq, including territory on Turkey's border, and sent refugees fleeing into Turkey.

U.S. officials also had said Saturday that Ankara had agreed to train Syrian moderate forces on Turkish soil. A Turkish government official said Sunday that his country put the number at 4,000 opposition fighters and said Turkish intelligence would screen them.

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