With Syria 'safe zone' plan, Turkey faces diplomatic balancing act

September 6, 2016 3:51 PM

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With Syria 'safe zone' plan, Turkey faces diplomatic balancing act

ANKARA Turkey will have to strike a balance between the conflicting goals of Russia and the United States if it is to achieve its ambition of a "safe zone" in northern Syria and build on an incursion which gave it control of a thin strip of the border.

Turkey has for several years called for world powers to help create a zone to protect civilians in its war-torn southern neighbor, with the dual aim of clearing its border of Islamic State and Kurdish militia fighters and of stemming a wave of migration that has caused tensions with Europe.

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