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Turkey agrees to train Syrian opposition: U.S.

The U.S. says a there will be a U.S. Defense Department planning team traveling to Ankara next week

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Turkey has agreed to support the training and equipping of the moderate opposition in Syria, the U.S. State Department said on Friday, saying a U.S. military team would visit Ankara next week to discuss the matter.

"Turkey has agreed to support train-and-equip efforts for the moderate Syrian opposition," spokeswoman Marie Harf told
reporters in describing a visit to Turkey by the two senior U.S. officials responsible for building a coalition to fight the
Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq.

"There will be a (U.S. Defense Department) planning team traveling to Ankara next week to continue planning that through
military channels," she added.