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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)

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Freed Turkish hostages arrive at the airport in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday ending Turkey’s most serious hostage crisis. The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran the city in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo)

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In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reacts as he listens to his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Turkey. Kerry is in Ankara to press Turkey to join an international coalition against the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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Turkish Prime Minister and presidential candidate of the ruling party in the August election, Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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** FILE ** Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters at parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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President Barack Obama removes his shoes as he prepares to visit the Blue Mosque April 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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National Edition Opinion cover for June 18, 2014 - Turkey’s support for ISIS (Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times)

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Turkey support for ISIS Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Turkey support for ISIS Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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United States' Kyle Beckerman looks on before the start of an international soccer friendly between Turkey and the United States, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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United States' Kyle Beckerman looks on before the start of an international soccer friendly between Turkey and the United States, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann acknowledges the crowd at the end of an international soccer friendly against Turkey, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. The U.S. won 2-1. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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In this photograph taken with a fisheye lens, a spectator waves a United States flag before the start of an international soccer friendly between Turkey and the United States, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. The U.S. won 2-1. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Spectators look on before the start of an international soccer friendly between Turkey and the United States, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. The U.S. won 2-1. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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In this photograph taken with a fisheye lens, a spectator plays the drums before the start of an international soccer friendly between Turkey and the United States, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. The U.S. won 2-1. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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United States goalkeeper Tim Howard looks on before the start of an international soccer friendly against Turkey, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. The U.S. won 2-1. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann acknowledges the crowd at the end of an international soccer friendly against Turkey, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. The U.S. won 2-1. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)