U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves upon his arrival at Boryspil International airport outside Kiev November 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
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Vice President Joe Biden Friday will become the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition's fight against ISIS extremists.The U.S. has no appetite to go to war against Assad and has said a no-fly zone against Syria's air force is a no-go.U.S. and Turkish officials have discussed the coalition's desire to use Turkey's Incirlik Air Base for U.S.-led operations against ISIS militants, but Turkey has made no public decision about Incirlik.The obvious compromise would be if Washington shifted its policy on Syria to do more to force out Assad, and Turkey agreed to do more against ISIS, said James Jeffrey, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Iraq who is now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.Still, the U.S. and Turkey are not in sync about Syria, and Biden's visit follows weeks of misunderstandings and harsh rhetoric emanating from both capitals.There was more disagreement over whether Turkey had decided to let the U.S. use Incirlik base for operations against extremists in Syria and Iraq.
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