President Barack Obama is appealing to Turkey today for help in Afghanistan. Obama will meet Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today to discuss how to beat back Taliban militants and how to deny Al Qaeda sanctuary.
The Associated Press reports the United States would like Turkey to use its sway as a regional power and Muslim majority ally to help solve some of its trickiest foreign policy problems.
Turkey has sought to become a mediator for the United States with Iran and Arab countries, but it is unclear whether the Obama administration is eager for Ankara to play that role. The two sides disagree on sanctions against Iran and the administration is uneasy about recent Turkish criticism of, and disputes with, Israel.