VICE News: “Turkey Is Betting on Aleppo Rebels to Get Islamic State Out of Border Area”

New from me on VICE News:

In the wake of the ISIS’s November attack on Paris, carried out by European fighters returning from the Syrian battlefield, the U.S. and Turkey have been debating how to shut ISIS’s last open border. US officials have been publicly leaning on Turkey to immediately close its border with ISIS in Syria’s northern Aleppo province and deploy thousands of troops on the frontier. The Turkish government has proposed instead that Turkey and the US-led coalition first back Syrian rebels who can drive IS out of the area and create a rebel-controlled “safe zone.”

But amid this public back-and-forth, Turkey’s plan is already underway — and, according to local rebels, it is making some progress.

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