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The U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, rear centre, and Turkey's Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, left, talk during a meeting in Incirlik Airbase in Adana, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Turkey's military says the Turkish and U.S. chiefs of staff have "confirmed" the need to fight terror groups in Syria and Iraq, including the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.(Turkish Military, Pool Photo via AP)

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The U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, right, and Turkey's Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar talk during a meeting in Incirlik Airbase in Adana, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Turkey's military says the Turkish and U.S. chiefs of staff have "confirmed" the need to fight terror groups in Syria and Iraq, including the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.(Turkish Military, Pool Photo via AP)

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The U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and Turkey's Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar walk before a meeting in Incirlik Airbase in Adana, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Turkey's military says the Turkish and U.S. chiefs of staff have "confirmed" the need to fight terror groups in Syria and Iraq, including the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.(Turkish Military, Pool Photo via AP)

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The U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, third left, and Turkey's Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, third right, talk during a meeting in Incirlik Airbase in Adana, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Turkey's military says the Turkish and U.S. chiefs of staff have "confirmed" the need to fight terror groups in Syria and Iraq, including the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.(Turkish Military, Pool Photo via AP)

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The U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, right, and Turkey's Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar talk during a meeting in Incirlik Airbase in Adana, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Turkey's military says the Turkish and U.S. chiefs of staff have "confirmed" the need to fight terror groups in Syria and Iraq, including the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.(Turkish Military, Pool Photo via AP)

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses local administrators after the government has sacked nearly 4,500 more state employees, including academicians, as it appeared to press ahead with a purge of people with suspected links to a U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating a failed military coup, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. .(YasinBulbul/Pool photo via AP)

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, walks to greet Ethiopia's President Mulatu Teshome Wirtu, at the Presidential Palace, in Ankara Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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Ammar Alnajjar, left, shakes hands with his cousin, Fahd Alfakih, after coming into New York's JFK International Airport on a flight from Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. The government on Saturday suspended enforcement of President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban, enabling Alnajjar to return from Turkey where he was visiting his wife. (AP Photo/William Mathis)

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Ammar Alnajjar, left, shakes hands with his cousin, Fahd Alfakih, after coming into New York's JFK International Airport on a flight from Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. The government on Saturday suspended enforcement of President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban, enabling Alnajjar to return from Turkey where he was visiting his wife. (AP Photo/William Mathis)

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Religious Freedom Problems in Turkey Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Security officials and people at the scene of a car bomb attack in central Anatolian city of Kayseri, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. A public bus was heavily damaged and dear and injured were reported. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Istanbul explosions within Turkey. (IHA via AP)

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Rescue service members work at the scene of a car bomb attack in central Anatolian city of Kayseri, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. A public bus was heavily damaged and dear and injured were reported. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Istanbul explosions within Turkey. (IHA via AP)

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Rescue services members work at the scene of a car bomb attack in central Anatolian city of Kayseri, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. A public bus was heavily damaged and dear and injured were reported. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Istanbul explosions within Turkey. (IHA via AP)

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Rescue services members work at the scene of a car bomb attack in central Anatolian city of Kayseri, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. A public bus was heavily damaged and dear and injured were reported. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Istanbul explosions within Turkey. (IHA via AP)

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A public bus is burning at the scene of a car bomb attack in central Anatolian city of Kayseri, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. A public bus was heavily damaged and dear and injured were reported. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Istanbul explosions within Turkey. (IHA via AP)

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A group of young Turks stage an anti-US protest outside the Parliament before a visit by US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in Ankara, Turkey, Frday, Oct. 21, 2016. Carter met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other top leaders and defense officials in Ankara amid escalating tensions between Turkey and Iraq over Turkish military operations in northern Iraq as allied forces move to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants.( AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici )

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Mother, centre left, and some other family members attend a funeral ceremony for army officer Lt. Murat Taylan Oncel, 33, killed in a mortar attack Monday by Kurdish militants in Silvan, Diyarbakir, Turkey at the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb Sunday outside a military checkpoint in southeast Turkey, killing ten soldiers and eight civilians, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) ** FILE **

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Illustration on the US/Turkey alliance by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Russia-Turkey Relations Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times