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U.S. Obama speaks with Turkey's Erdogan about ISIS fight

U.S. Obama speaks with Turkey's Erdogan about ISIS fightAs tensions escalate over Turkey's military role in northern Iraq, the White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, Associated Press reported.

The White House says Obama cited the need for close coordination between the U.S. and Turkey to apply pressure on the Islamic State group in Syria.

The White House also says Obama welcomed continued dialogue between Turkey and Iraq to determine the appropriate level and form of Turkey's participation in countering ISIS in northern Iraq.

Baghdad has bristled over Turkish troops training Sunni and Kurdish fighters near Mosul. Ankara has insisted it will play a role in liberating Mosul.

The White House says the two leaders affirmed their support for Iraq's sovereignty and the need to deny a haven to the Kurdistan Workers' Party.
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