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Pentagon chief says Turks should 'do more' to help international fight against Islamic State

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Carter said he has personally congratulated the two female soldiers who this week became the first women to complete the rigorous Army Ranger School, calling the women trailblazers who showed their capabilities by finishing what Carter called the Ranger "proving ground."  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Carter said he has personally congratulated the two female soldiers who this week became the first women to complete the rigorous Army Ranger School, calling the women trailblazers who showed their capabilities by finishing what Carter called the Ranger "proving ground." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  (The Associated Press)

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Carter said Turkey should contribute more to the international fight against the Islamic State, saying that even after granting the U.S. military permission to fly combat missions out of Turkey air bases, the Turkish government needs to "do more." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Carter said Turkey should contribute more to the international fight against the Islamic State, saying that even after granting the U.S. military permission to fly combat missions out of Turkey air bases, the Turkish government needs to "do more." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  (The Associated Press)

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says Turkey should contribute more to the international fight against the Islamic State.

Carter told a Pentagon news conference Thursday that even after granting the U.S. military permission to fly combat missions out of Turkey air bases, the Turkish government needs to "do more."

Carter said that as a neighbor to the conflict in Iraq and Syria, Turkey should do more to control its border. He also said the Islamic State has used those border areas to move supplies and fighters to the battlefields.

He said the Turks are discussing the specifics of joining the international air campaign led by the United States.