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New Turkish Government May Reconsider Basing Troops

New Turkish Government May Reconsider Basing Troops

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(Istanbul, Turkey-AP) -- A new effort in Turkey to let American troops come in for a possible northern front against Iraq.

A new Turkish government is in place, and top political and military leaders there are urging that America's request be reconsidered. The U-S would like to move in some 62-thousand soldiers.

Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday that the U-S has not given up on Turkey. He said the new prime minister will resubmit the proposal to the Turkish parliament, but the timing is uncertain.

The Turkish government promises an urgent evaluation.

Previously the Turkish parliament rejected letting American troops use its territory, despite a 15 (b) billion dollar aid package.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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