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Syrian Rebels seize an Air Defense Facility and attack a Military Airport in eastern Syria

September 1, 2012

“The attacks in eastern oil-producing Deir al-Zor province follow rebel strikes against military airports in the Aleppo and Idlib areas, close to the border with Turkey.”

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Turkey to keep pushing for United Nations-backed Safe Zones in Syria

September 1, 2012

“French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France and Turkey had identified “liberated zones” in the north and south that had escaped President Bashar al-Assad’s control and which, if given funding and properly administered, could serve as a refuge for civilians caught in the chaos.”

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Influx of Refugees from Syria forces the Turkish Government to close-off two key border crossings

August 27, 2012

“The closure left more than 7,000 refugees stranded in olive groves just inside Syria at the two places where most of the Syrians cross, while Turkish officials look for a way to accommodate them at camps that can’t keep pace with the influx.”

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Report: Britain and the United States helping to orchestrate the Syrian Revolution from Istanbul, Turkey

August 27, 2012

“America has set aside $25 million for political opponents of President Bashar al-Assad while Britain is granting £5 million to the cause of overthrowing the regime.”

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Syrian Refugee Camps in Jordan and Turkey swell far past their capacities

August 9, 2012

“In Jordan’s Zataari camp, opened just two weeks ago on a desolate desert plain, some 3,300 displaced Syrians have raised complaints about conditions that include dust storms and tents that are home to snakes and scorpions.”

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Turkish Lawmakers criticize President Obama’s baseball bat photo, calling it an “implicit insult” to Turkey

August 6, 2012

“[Turkish Prime Minister] Erdogan dismissed the entire flap, calling Obama “a [respectful and polite] friend.”"

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: Turkey may intervene in Syria

August 1, 2012

“The government would consider the presence of al-Qaeda or the Kurdistan Workers Party on the two countries’ border or instability in Aleppo that threatens Turkey justification for intervention, the Istanbul-based paper today cited Davutoglu as saying in an interview.”

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Analysis: Investors continue to do business in Turkey despite the country’s regional tension with Syria

August 1, 2012

“But rising risk appetite amid efforts by central banks in the developed world to support their economies has investors poised to channel some of that cheap cash from the central banks to Turkey.”

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Tajikistan offers Militant Groups amnesty in exchange for surrendering their weapons

July 31, 2012

“The authorities blame a former warlord who became an officer in the Tajik border guard service for recent clashes between his group and government troops that left at least 47 people dead. “

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Turkey deploys troops, armored personnel carriers and missile batteries to its border with Syria

July 31, 2012

“Turkish officials were quick to describe the border buildup as “routine,” but at the same time, one government official said, “It is not possible to expect Turkey to act as if nothing is happening.””

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President Obama meets with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, discusses how to expedite a political transition in Syria

July 31, 2012

“Erdogan, who once enjoyed close ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has become one of his fiercest critics and has demanded he step down in the face of a 16-month-old uprising in which thousands of civilians have died.”

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Syrian Foreign Minister: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are escalating violence in Syria

July 30, 2012

“On Sunday, activists reported more clashes, including in the Salaheddiin district, but said there had been no mass assault by the army, many of whose troops remained stationed on the city’s outskirts, witnesses said.”

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Iraq: Kurdish oil exports to Turkey by truck are illegal

July 17, 2012

“He said that the oil is the property of all Iraqis and that any exports and revenue collection should be organised by the central government.”

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Two terrorist attacks strike Pakistan’s (usually peaceful) Punjab province in four days

July 12, 2012

“Masked gunmen stormed a house and killed nine police cadets in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, police said, the second attack on security forces claimed by the Taliban in relatively peaceful Punjab province in four days.”

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Turkey claims it found the bodies of two pilots shot down last month by Syria

July 4, 2012

“The military General Staff in Ankara said it was working to remove the bodies of Captain Gokhan Ertan and Lieutenant Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy from the Mediterranean Sea.”

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