Turkish officials say Ankara made the proposal at a NATO meeting in May when the US and its partners agreed a plan to withdraw troops by September 11 after 20 years of war trying to defeat Taliban forces.

A US Blackhawk helicopter lands at the NATO Airfield next to the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 17, 2015.
A US Blackhawk helicopter lands at the NATO Airfield next to the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 17, 2015. (AP)

Turkey has offered to guard and run Kabul's airport after the United States and other NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan.

US officials said on Tuesday Washington and Ankara will meet next week to hash out Turkey's conditions.

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday that Ankara's offer was contingent on backup from its allies, political and financial.

Ankara made the proposal at a NATO meeting in May when the US and its partners agreed on a plan to withdraw troops by September 11 after 20 years of war trying to defeat Taliban forces.

Turkish and US officials have discussed possible requirements for the mission, some of which Washington has agreed to address, one Turkish official said.

"Following the United States' decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, Turkey has made an offer to ensure the security of Kabul airport. In this framework, there are talks underway with NATO and the United States," the Turkish official said.

A Turkish role securing the airport for international flights could help improve ties between Ankara and the West, strained over Turkey's purchase of Russian defence systems and a row with European countries over drilling rights in east Mediterranean waters.

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'Political, financial and logistical support'

"We intend to stay in Afghanistan depending on conditions. What are our conditions? Political, financial and logistical support. If these are met, we can remain at Hamid Karzai International Airport," his ministry quoted Akar as saying.

US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they welcomed the Turkish proposal but that Ankara was asking for too many US "enablers" for the mission.

The officials said despite disagreements Washington was trying to find a way to make it work.

NATO leaders will discuss Afghanistan at a summit next Monday, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Joe Biden for the first time since the US president took office.

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With efforts to resolve the dispute over Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missile defences, which led Washington to impose sanctions on Turkey's arms industry last year, the airport plan may offer a rare opportunity to build goodwill between two NATO allies.

The two countries are also at odds over US support for PKK terror group's Syrian affiliate YPG, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a US court case against Turkey's Halkbank.

The YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK terror group which Turkey, the US, UK and EU recognise as a terrorist organisation.

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Escalating violence

The proposal comes as clashes over territory in Afghanistan raged, three months before the planned withdrawal. On Monday, senior government officials said at least 150 Afghan troops were killed or injured in a surge of attacks by Taliban militants in the previous 24 hours.

Securing Kabul airport could help persuade some countries to maintain a diplomatic presence in Afghanistan. Last month Australia shut its embassy there due to security concerns.

Turkey has more than 500 troops stationed in Afghanistan as part of a NATO mission to train Afghan security forces, and the Turkish official said additional troops would be needed for the airport mission.

Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, which was ousted from power by a US invasion in 2001 and has since waged an insurgency, have been shelved amid the withdrawal. Both sides have accused each other of provocations.

The Afghan government and Taliban were not immediately available for comment. It was not clear whether Taliban would accept an expanded Turkish mission.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies