Turkey-US: strained relations

Turkey-US: strained relationsFrom the 2003 US invasion of Iraq to Washington’s latest decision to arm Kurdish groups in Syria, relations between Turkey and the US have been tested repeatedly. The two NATO allies often have conflicting goals in the Middle East, and Ankara is now cultivating closer ties with Moscow and Tehran. In September 2011, six months after peaceful protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were harshly repressed, Ankara cut the Syrian regime loose and began to back selected opposition groups.

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