Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and army commanders follow a guard of honor at the mausoleum of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk before a meeting of the High Military Council in Ankara, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)
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Turkey will refuse to allow a US-led coalition to attack jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, a government official told AFP Thursday.US Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold talks in Saudi Arabia on Thursday to drum up support from 10 key Arab nations and Turkey, after President Barack Obama announced Washington's new strategy against ISIS jihadists, which will include air strikes in Syria.Turkey can open Incirlik Air Base in the south for logistical and humanitarian operations in any US-led operation, according to the official who stressed that the base would not be used for lethal air strikes.
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