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Turkey has 'other priorities' than battling Islamic State

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Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper (R) and CIA Director John Brennan (L) listen to opening remarks at the House Intelligence Committee on "Worldwide Threats", in Washington February 4, 2014.        REUTERS/Gary Cameron  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS MILITARY) - RTX187SF

Turkey has "other priorities"

Asked during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 27 if he was optimistic that Turkey would become “more engaged” in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), US Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper replied, “No, I’m not. I think Turkey has other priorities and other interests.”

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