Turkey seeks allies' support for ground operation as Syria war nears border

February 16, 2016 3:02 PM

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Turkey seeks allies' support for ground operation as Syria war nears border

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey is asking allies including the United States to take part in a joint ground operation in Syria, as a Moscow-backed government advance nears its borders, raising the possibility of direct confrontation between the NATO member and Russia.

A large-scale joint ground operation is still unlikely: Washington has ruled out a major offensive. But the request shows how swiftly a Russian-backed advance in recent weeks has transformed a conflict that has drawn in most regional and global powers.

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