Clinton asks Turkey to ’make up its mind’ on ISIL

US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has that said along with the Gulf countries, Turkey must make up its mind in the fight against extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, urging Turkey to contribute more to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).
andquotAre they going to stand with us against this kind of jihadi radicalism or not?andquot Clinton, a former first lady and secretary of state, said during a Democratic debate. Clinton, a frontrunner, is seeking the nomination for president from her party in the 2016 election.
In Antalya, US President Barack Obama commended Turkeyand’s role in the fight against ISIL, saying that Turkey had been a andquotstrong partnerandquot with the US-led coalition in going after ISIL in Syria and Iraq. Earlier this summer, however, Obama criticized Turkey for not fully cracking down on the flow of foreign fighters into Syria.
andquotThe discussion we had today I think was very helpful in helping continue to coordinate work that we are doing together, to help to fortify the borders between Syria and Turkey that allow Daesh [ISIL] to operate,andquot Obama said. Daesh is the Arabic acronym of ISIL.
During the debate late on Saturday, Clinton said there are many ways that the Turkish authorities could support the US in anti-ISIL efforts. andquotThey can provide resources. But they need to be absolutely clear about where they stand,andquot Clinton said.
Clinton called for a global resolve to defeat ISIL, particularly after multiple Paris attacks that left at least 129 people dead. She said ISIL must be defeated and cannot be contained.
Senator Bernie Sanders, a liberal and another White House hopeful, said during the debate that Muslim nations in the region including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Jordan andquothave to get their hands dirty, their boots on the groundandquot in the fight against ISIL. He noted that these countries have to take on ISIL as part of a war for andquotthe soul of Islam.andquot
andquotThose Muslim countries are going to have to lead the efforts. They are not doing it now,andquot Sanders said.
Clinton said that is andquotvery unfairandquot to mention Jordan, which she said had andquotput a lot on the line to the United States.andquot But she said she agreed with respect to Turkey and the Gulf nations.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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