Thursday, February 9, 2017
CIA director Mike Pompeo arrives in Turkey
CIA director Mike Pompeo arrived in Turkey on Thursday to discuss the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq with Turkish authorities.
It is Pompeo’s first foreign trip since taking charge of the agency. He was scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the head of Turkish intelligence, discussing issues including a possible mission to recapture the extremist group’s stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.
The report follows a phone call between President Trump and Erdogan on Tuesday.
It came as Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported Thursday that police arrested four suspected Islamic State militants near the border with Syria for plotting a “sensational” attack.
Police seized material including 24 suicide belts and two automatic rifles, Anadolu reported.