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With airstrikes, Turkey joins regional clashes

With airstrikes, Turkey joins regional clashes

Turkey has long been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State militants. Since the U.S. first launched airstrikes in Iraq nearly a year ago, leaders in Ankara had refused to join in, and until this week, had barred coalition warplanes from even using Turkish air bases to mount attacks in neighboring Syria. Then came Turkey's announcement Friday that it had unleashed a string of high-profile aerial strikes against the extremist group, the vanguard of what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said would be a series of operations that "will continue decisively in the future." Turkey also launched a renewed series of strikes on the outlawed Kurdistan...

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