Turkish leader faults delays in fight against Islamic State

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s president has criticized delays in the U.S.-led coalition’s offensive against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

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Speaking in Ankara on Tuesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “the operations that are constantly delayed are of no benefit for the well-being of these two countries’ people.”

Erdogan spoke after the capture of an Uzbekistan national who authorities say trained in Afghanistan and carried out a deadly New Year’s nightclub attack in Istanbul.

Turkey is a partner in the U.S.-led coalition against IS, which claimed the attack. The extremist group said it was a reprisal for Turkey’s campaign to dislodge the militants from the northern Syrian town of al-Bab.

Turkish officials say Washington hasn’t done enough to support Turkey’s operations in al-Bab.

AP

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