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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the annual Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, Satuday, Nov. 22, 2014. Biden on Friday became the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition's fight against Islamic State extremists. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the annual Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, Satuday, Nov. 22, 2014. Biden on Friday became the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition's fight against Islamic State extremists. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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Marines hold umbrellas as President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan participate in a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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A policeman observes the scene as immigrants who arrived aboard a cargo ship from Turkey line up for meals while others sit on bedding in a basketball arena, where they have been given temporary shelter. Many refugees, often soaked from the sea crossing, spend days sleeping outdoors or squashed into tiny cells before being moved. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin stands for a minute of silence at the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Under heavy security measures Pope Francis arrived in Turkey for a three-day visit and he met with Erdogan at his huge new palace on once-protected farm land and forest in Ankara, becoming the first foreign dignitary to be hosted at the lavish, 1000-room complex. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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Iraqi prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, speaks at a press conference with Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Iraq’s prime minister said on Thursday that his country and neighboring Turkey have agreed on closer security and intelligence cooperation in the face of the threat posed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, Pool)

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Border policemen stand guard at Bulgarian-Turkish border where many of the illegal immigrants enter in 2013. Bulgarian authorities built a 20-mile fence on its border with Turkey to prevent illegal entry. (Associated Press)

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Video of the attack on U.S. Navy sailors in Turkey posted on youtube.

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Video of the attack on U.S. Navy sailors in Turkey posted on youtube.

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In this Oct. 28, 2014, file photo, smoke and flames rise from an Islamic State fighters' position in the town of Kobani during airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition seen from the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been under international criticism for preventing heavy weapons or forces to use his territory to help Kurds in Kobani. Allowing peshmerga fighters to cross into Syria appears to be the product of a compromise, a former Turkish diplomat says.

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Turkish soldiers patrol the gate of a staging area where Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are stationed near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani. (Associated Press)

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Turkish officials on Monday denied the existence of a deal to allow U.S.-led forces battling the Islamic State to conduct operations from bases inside Turkey, such as Incirlik. This made for an awkward situation for National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, who announced such a cooperation ahead of an international strategy session. (associated press)

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Turkish soldiers on a tank hold their position on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

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Turkish soldiers on a tank hold their position on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The fighting over Kobani has brought Syria's civil war yet again to Turkey's doorstep and allies have tried to press Ankara to take a more robust role in the U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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An ambitious pipeline project linking reservoirs in Turkey to the parched, isolated Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is on track to bring much needed drinking water to the island by year's end.

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Desperation: A Turkish soldier stands guard as several hundred Syrian refugees wait to cross the border. Turkey opened its border Saturday to allow in up to 60,000 people who massed on the Turkish-Syrian border, fleeing the Islamic militants' advance. (Associated Press)

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Several thousand Syrians, mostly Kurds, crossed into Turkey seeking refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria. The Obama plan calls for local fighters to counter the terror group on the ground. (associated press)