March 22, 2012

U.S. Tells Turkey to Back Off Syria

Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

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In a previously unreported turn of events, it has now come to light that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her meeting with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu last month, emphatically dismissed a number of forward leaning options on Syria that the Turkish top diplomat proposed to the Obama administration.

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