Thursday, February 20, 2003

Turkey balking at US war plans despite $26b bribe
"In the face of widespread public opposition, the Islamic-leaning Turkish government has been balking and insists that Washington pony up billions in economic assistance in return for access. U.S. presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer told reporters Wednesday that "there's not a lot of time left" for discussion with the Turks, who have demanded significantly more than the $26-billion (U.S.) in grants and loan guarantees Washington has put on the table."

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