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Even as it prods Turkey to step up in the global fight against ISIS militants, the United States is worried that Ankara might use military action to target Kurdish fighters in Syria.In a careful-what-you-wish-for scenario, U.S. officials acknowledge that drawing Ankara into the war could open a new line of attack against a Kurdish movement that has for decades sought greater autonomy inside Turkey.At the same time, American officials fear Turkey could simply choose to remain out of the fray, and let two of its enemies – ISIS and Kurdish guerrillas – fight for Kobani. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have spoken at least twice this week, and special U.S. envoy retired Marine Gen. John Allen is hoping for answers in his meetings in Ankara on how Turkey plans to join the battle.Last week, Turkey's parliament approved a measure to allow for assaulting ISIS, a step the U.S. and other world leaders viewed as Ankara's decision to enter the conflict.The U.S. does not consider the Syrian Kurdish fighting force or its political wing, the Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD), terrorist organizations.
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