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Why Turkey and the United States Can't Get Along

Jun 20, 2018 | 18:17 GMT
In this photograph, Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia speak during a tripartite summit on Syria in April 2018.

Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia speak during a tripartite summit on Syria in April 2018. The president of Iran also attended the summit in Ankara, which aimed to speed the peace process for Syria and bolster Turkish, Russian and Iranian influence there.

(ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The relationship between the United States and Turkey just keeps getting worse. The two countries have clashed repeatedly in recent years over the conflict in Syria, over Turkey's friendship with Russia and over Islamist cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government claims was involved in the country's attempted coup in 2016. And if Turkey continues refusing to compromise on key U.S. demands, the already poor relationship could suffer further if the United States acts on its sanctions threat....

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