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Turkey to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters passage into Syrian city

MURSITPINAR, Turkey -- For weeks, Washington has been nudging a reluctant Turkey to assume a more forceful role in President Barack Obama's anti-militant coalition and come to the aid of Kurdish forces battling to push Islamic State fighters out of the besieged Syrian city of Kobani. Turkey steadfastly refused international appeals to allow military assistance to reach the desperate Kurdish fighters. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was wary of the Kurds and exasperated that his major foreign policy objective, the toppling of Syrian President Bashar Assad, had taken a back seat in Washington's strategic calculus. But the government abruptly changed its position Monday, announcing ...

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