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Turkey's Parliament OKs U.S. for Airspace
Turkey's Parliament Grants U.S. the Right to Use Airspace for War in Iraq

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ANKARA, Turkey March 20

Turkey's parliament on Thursday voted to allow the U.S. military to use Turkish airspace for a war in Iraq, the Anatolia news agency reported. The decision took on added urgency now that U.S. bombers have begun striking Iraq.

The government-backed proposal would allow U.S. warplanes based in Europe or the United States to cross Turkey to strike Iraq. The United States could also use Turkish airspace to transport troops into northern Iraq or to bring supplies to the region.


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FILE - A U.S. Air Force F-16C Falcon fighter takes off from Incirlik air base with the Sabanci mosque in the background, near the southern Turkish city of Adana, Friday Jan. 24, 2003, for a daily mission over the No-Fly Zone in northern Iraq. Turkish parliament expected to debate on Thursday March 20, 2003 a proposal to grant the U.S. military permission to use Turkish airspace in an Iraq war. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer/File)

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