Turkey struggles in the role of Mideast power during Syria crisis

Turkey, once friendly to Syria, Iran and Iraq, has seen its relations with all three tested as it has tried to stop the violence in Syria.

Turkey envisions itself as a Middle East power, a dynamic Islamic democracy with a thriving economy that can help guide the region through the turmoil of the “Arab Spring.” But it has stumbled in its efforts to stop the violence and repression in its neighbor and onetime ally Syria.

from By J. Michael Kennedy, Los Angeles Times

via http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-turkey-syria-20120312,0,170186.story?track=rss

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