U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after a joint news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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Turkey and the United States smoothed over some differences in the fight against ISIS during a weekend visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, but the talks heralded little in the way of deeper military cooperation between the NATO allies.Turkey has been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, refusing to take a front line military role despite its 1,200 km border with Iraq and Syria, and thereby intensifying Western concern that it is a weak link in the struggle against the insurgents.There are also differences over the objectives of the training, with Turkey insisting the rebels should fight Assad as well as the insurgents, while Washington wants the focus to remain squarely on ISIS.However, the U.S. official pointed to progress in Iraq and the Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, where Kurdish peshmerga fighters and moderate Syrian rebels have leveraged U.S. airstrikes to gradually roll back an ISIS siege.
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