Buffer Zone for Turkey Debated in Militants' Fight

October 8, 2014 6:20 PM

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Buffer Zone for Turkey Debated in Militants' Fight

Leaders of a global coalition to defeat the Islamic State group were divided Wednesday over creating a buffer zone to protect Syrian refugees and bolster Turkey's borders — a key demand by Ankara as Turkey weighs stepping up action against the extremists.

The split also was evident among U.S. officials. Secretary of State John Kerry said a buffer zone is "worth examining" but stopped short of embracing it. At almost the same time, however, the Pentagon said it is not considering supporting a buffer zone — a sentiment quickly echoed by the White House...

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