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Turks Will Let U.S. Upgrade Bases

February 6, 2003

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ Turkey’s parliament voted Thursday to allow the United States to begin renovating military bases and ports for a possible Iraq war, a first step toward allowing in U.S. combat troops, NTV and CNN-Turk television reported.

The vote came after Prime Minister Abdullah Gul, who has been facing intense U.S. pressure, said Turkey had no choice but to back Washington in an Iraq war.

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