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Ninety-nine percent Muslim, Turkey is strategically located between the Arab world and Europe. A strong US ally since the Cold War, the Western oriented democracy continues to hold credible credentials with the Arab world as well as Israel. Now, after recent visits by Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, it-s has become a key element in President Bush-s plan for removing Saddam Hussein. But with the impact of the Gulf War still lingering, and the current government coming to an end, will Iraq-s former major trading partner go along? We explore the strategic importance of Turkey and its role in America-s plans for the future with two former ambassadors, a Turkish journalist and the director of a Middle East political and strategic think tank.
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