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Turkish officials deny offering to let US use their airbases

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Turkish officials deny offering to let US use their airbases

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Turkish officials said on Monday afternoon that no agreement had been reached on coalition forces using their airbases for strikes against ISIL.

Earlier, United States National Security Adviser Susan Rice had announced Turkey would let its Incirlik air base be used.

Sources at the Turkish prime minister’s office confirmed talks on the subject were ongoing and added they had reached a deal with Washington to train moderate Syrian rebels.

Meanwhile the US and Saudi Arabia launched fresh airstrikes against Islamic State targets near the besieged town of Kobani in Syria. They are understood to have hit units and destroyed a machine gun firing position.

Intense fighting continues between Kurdish troops and ISIl extremists.The jihadists have laid siege to the town for nearly four weeks and fought their way into it in recent days.They are now understood to have control of almost half of the town.