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A Turkish soldier helps young Syrian refugees clear the barbed wire fence at a border crossing near Reyhanli, Turkey, earlier this year. The number of Syrian refugees living in border camps in Turkey is now estimated at 80,000, and Turkey says that is close to its maximum capability for providing them shelter.

    Military key to Syria planning

    In 2003, Turkey barred U.S. forces from opening a northern front in the war against Iraq, a stunning rebuff to Washington that raised questions about whether the politically powerful Turkish military had undercut a civilian-led initiative to help the Americans.


  • Syrians inspect burned cars June 28, 2012, at the site of a blast in the Syrian capital of Damascus. A strong explosion rocked the city near a busy market and the Palace of Justice, sending black smoke billowing into the sky. (Associated Press)

    Turkey fortifies Syrian border; bomb hits Damascus

    Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns, rocket launchers and other weapons along its border with Syria on Thursday, a military buildup that came as world powers showed new urgency to resolve the crisis before it ignites the region.


  • Syrians peer at cars damaged by an explosion Thursday afternoon in Damascus near the capital's famous Hamidiyeh Market and the Palace of Justice. State TV reported at least three people were wounded and about 20 cars damaged. (Associated Press)

    Turkey fortifies its border with Syria

    Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns, rocket launchers and other weapons along its border with Syria on Thursday, a military buildup that came as world powers showed new urgency to resolve the crisis before it ignites the region.


  • Turkey's president, Abdullah Gul, says he was told at the NATO summit that President Obama's administration is trying to persuade Congress to allow Predator drone sales to Turkey. (Associated Press)

    Obama administration inclined to sell armed drones to Turkey, leader says

    President Obama's administration is inclined to sell armed drones to Turkey but has to convince Congress first, Turkey's president told reporters after a meeting with the U.S. leader.


  • Three-way ties

    It happened again. Last Wednesday the Associated Press reported that several thousand Turkish troops had crossed into Northern Iraq to chase the PKK — separatist Kurdish terrorists who operate from bases there. The story turned out to be untrue.


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