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The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria on the same day Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed them as terrorists is the latest false note in the increasingly discordant mood music coming out of Washington and Ankara. No matter how much officials on both sides publicly insist there is harmony, differences in strategy over the fight against ISIS and the fate of the beleaguered Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab are straining relations between the Washington and its key regional ally, leaving Turkey increasingly isolated.Hours later Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey would work with the United States to allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to go to the defense of Ain al-Arab, known widely by its Kurdish name Kobani.A U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States believed Turkey was playing a double game in Syria, lending at least covert moral support to ISIS while avoiding doing so in public.The decision to allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to cross into Syria has been welcomed by officials in Washington, and may be the first sign of Turkey's softening its opposition to America's strategic focus on ISIS.
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