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Nambe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 02:52 PM
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Turkish PM: US Wants Turkish Soldiers For Iraq - Agency
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ANKARA (AP)


The U.S. has asked Turkey to contribute soldiers to help patrol Iraq, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Sunday.

Erdogan didn't elaborate but the request apparently came during a visit Friday by two top U.S. generals who held talks in the Turkish capital to help smooth strained relations. ---

"The United States has requested soldiers from Turkey to send to the region," the Anatolia news agency quoted Erdogan as saying during a speech in the southeastern city of Batman.

Erdogan didn't say whether Turkey had agreed to send soldiers, but officials have in the past indicated that Turkey was willing to contribute peacekeepers.

Hurriyet newspaper said Sunday that during talks between the military officials the sides discussed the possibility of Turkey contributing up to 10, 000 soldiers to Iraq. There was no immediate comment from the military. ---

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