According to the U.S department of Defense, The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met today with his Turkish counterpart on efforts against ISIL, ahead of a NATO Military Committee conference here tomorrow.
The aim of Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford’s meeting with Turkey’s chief of the General Staff, Gen. Hulusi Akar, was to “advance discussions on the way forward in the fight against ISIL said Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, Dunford’s spokesman.
Dunford “recommitted to the close military-to-military and strategic relationship the U.S. has with Turkey,” Hicks said. U.S. officials have hailed Turkey as an important member in the coalition against ISIL, noting U.S. and coalition forces have used Turkish territory to launch strikes against ISIL targets.
Recently, Turkish and moderate Syrian opposition forces liberated the northern Syrian city of Jarabulus and closed a major ISIL route between Jarabulus and Manbij.