On Monday, US State Department spokesman John Kirby announced a US-Turkey plan to create an ISIL-free buffer zone along the border between Syria and Turkey to ensure "greater security and stability."
"Plans to form a Turkoman army of 5.000 were discussed in secret meeting in Turkey to protect designated ISIS [IS] free zone in Syria," the media outlet posted on Twitter.
Turkey, part of the 60-nation anti-ISIL coalition led by the United States, shares a 550-mile border with Syria, where ISIL has seized large areas over the past three years.
On Friday, Turkey opened a two-front military campaign against ISIL in Syria and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. The campaign involved airstrikes by F-16 fighter jets and shelling launched from Turkey, according to media reports.