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Monday, July 31, 2006

Turkey Names Hard-Liner Military Chief

"Turkey Names Hard-Liner Military Chief

The Associated Press
Monday, July 31, 2006; 5:50 PM

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey named a new military chief Monday who favors a tougher line against Kurdish rebels and negotiations on the secular Muslim country joining the European Union.

The change comes as the United States is pressing Turkey to contribute to a possible peacekeeping force along the Israeli-Lebanese border. Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, had expressed a readiness to contribute troops to a peacekeeping force if there were first a cease-fire and if the force were backed by a U.N. resolution."

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