October 8, 2014 / 4:18 PM / 5 years ago

Pentagon says not weighing Turkey's buffer zone proposal now

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday that a Turkish proposed buffer zone was not one of the military options under consideration as a U.S.-led coalition pursues airstrikes in Syria, but acknowledged it was a subject of discussions with Ankara.

“This is not a new issue,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference, noting longstanding Turkish interest in a buffer zone.

“It is now not on the table as a military option that we’re considering. That said, I think it’s a topic of continued discussions.” (Reporting by David Alexander and Phil Stewart; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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