Turkey Weighs Greater Role in Islamic State Coalition Amid U.S. Pressure


Peace and Freedom

Obama, Biden, Arab Officials Push Ankara to Join Campaign Against Extremists

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By Joe Parkinson and Jay Solomon
The Wall Street Journal

Updated Sept. 25, 2014 10:38 p.m. ET
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A man carries mattresses as Syrian refugees fleeing fighting with Islamic State militants cross the border near Suruc, Turkey. Yasin Akgul/Zuma Press

ISTANBUL—Turkey is showing signs of shifting to a more active role in the campaign against extremist group Islamic State as the government faces pressure from impatient U.S. and Arab officials.

President Barack Obama called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from Air Force One on Thursday and the two leaders agreed to consult more closely on the Islamic State threat. Vice President Joe Biden met Mr. Erdogan in New York on Thursday.

Those contacts followed other meetings this week at the United Nations General Assembly where U.S. and Arab officials, concerned that Turkey is emerging as the weak link…

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