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    The United States and Turkey have finalized the technical details of Ankara’s participation in the anti-Islamic State campaign, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a press conference on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — “Technical negotiations of the agreement were finalized between Turkey and the US with respect to operations against Daesh [ISIL],” state media Anadolu Agency quoted Cavusoglu as saying during a joint news conference with his Turkish Cypriot counterpart in Ankara.

    Cavusoglu did not provide details about Turkey’s involvement in the campaign, but said that the deal had been signed by the US and Turkish defense chiefs.

    The Turkish Foreign Minister’s remarks come a day after the White House declined to confirm reports about the anti-ISIL agreement between the two countries. The US Department of State also said Washington and Ankara were still in the midst of finalizing technical details of the agreement.

    On Monday, Cavusoglu announced the United States and Turkey were ready to launch comprehensive air attacks against the Islamic State.

    On August 12, the United States launched the first manned aircraft from Turkey’s Incirlik airbase to strike Islamic State targets.

    A day later, the State Department said US authorities had asked the Turkish government to refrain from launching independent airstrikes against ISIL until their forces were fully integrated into the US-led coalition.

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