Turkey: Plan to train Syrian rebels not finalized

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Posted: Nov 19, 2014 6:51 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says no final decisions have been reached for Turkey to start training rebels fighting the Islamic State and Syrian government forces.

A U.S. military delegation spent two days late last week in Ankara discussing details of the train-and-equip mission, but Erdogan's remarks raises doubt about when training could start.

He spoke to reporters before leaving on a trip to Algeria.

The issue will be among topics that retired Marine Gen. John Allen, the U.S. envoy for the international coalition to counter IS, will have Wednesday with Turkish officials in Ankara.

Erdogan said the coalition still has not taken steps toward a comprehensive strategy in Syria, which he insists must be focused on the removal of President Bashar Assad.