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U.S., Turkey to increase cooperation against ISIS

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter vowed during a visit to Ankara on Friday to ramp up joint efforts with Turkey to deal Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists a "lasting defeat", the Pentagon said.

Carter met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, as well as Defense Minister Fikri Isik on a flying visit to Turkey, a crucial but sensitive NATO ally in the fight against ISIS.

"Both sides agreed to maintain frequent communication on the full range of mutual interests, including close coordination and continued transparency in the coalition effort to deal ISIL a lasting defeat," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement, using an alternative acronym for the jihadist group.

Carter reaffirmed his support for the strategic U.S.-Turkey alliance and vowed that Washington would "continue to stand side-by-side with our NATO ally against shared threats". READ MORE