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    Turkish Clashes With Kurds Vex U.S. Officials

    Can they keep their eye on the ball? As Turkey bombards northern Syria, some ISIS-fighting Syrian rebels are re-entering the fray with Turkish military backing. But both the rebels and Turkey’s allies are concerned that Ankara’s indirectly helping the self-declared “caliphate” by battling Kurdish forces, perceiving them as allies of Kurdish separatists fighting in Turkey even if they’re reliable anti-ISIS fighters. That sets U.S.-backed forces against each other, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter has called on Turkey to cut it out, something it’s so far refused to do.

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