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Turkey Stalls Offensive on Islamic State by Opposing Kurds

  • Arab force can attack IS from Turkish soil, minister says
  • Campaign would be directed against IS positions near Turkey
"Modular Temporary Base Area" on the Turkish-Iraqi border
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A proposed rebel assault to retake two Islamic State strongholds in northwestern Syria is bumping up against Turkey’s opposition to Kurdish participation in the campaign.

The U.S. and Turkey both advocate such an offensive to clear the jihadist group from a 98-kilometer (62-mile) area along the Turkish border, including its bastions in the towns of Jarablus and Manbij, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.