Magazine article Newsweek

Turkey: Holding Its Ground

Magazine article Newsweek

Turkey: Holding Its Ground

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Byline: Owen Matthews, Sami Kohen and John Barry

Turkey's hesitation to allow U.S. troops to use its soil as a springboard for an invasion of Iraq has "stunned" the Bush administration, a senior U.S. official told NEWSWEEK. Washington wants to deploy "two or three divisions" of ground troops in Turkey plus an unspecified number of combat air wings. A possible force of 80,000 poised on Iraq's northern border suggests that the invasion plan relies far more heavily on a "northern front" than has so far been revealed.

A 150-strong U.S. military survey team starts work in Turkey this week assessing facilities at three ports and 10 air bases. Even for the survey team to be allowed to go in, the United States had to make an unprecedented concession: the Pentagon had to drop its usual demand that the team be clearly subject to U.S. rather than domestic Turkish law.

The next U.S. envoy to Ankara will be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. …

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