Despite the insistence of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Defense Department Press Secretary Peter Cook said Tuesday there are no plans to create a safe zone at the border of Turkey and Syria.
President Barack Obama at the G-7 summit on Monday said he needs the Pentagon and the Iraqis to form a strategy to ramp up training of Iraqi troops to take on ISIS after the terror group’s recent gains.
“We’re reviewing a range of plans for how we might do that,” Obama said. “When a finalized plan is presented to me by the Pentagon, then I will share it with the American people. … We don’t yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well.”