Turkey's Gulf War Gamble May Be Paying Off

The Kurdish refugees massing on its border are drawing more Western attention to Turkey than it attracted in nearly four decades as NATO's southern anchor. Indeed, for years, Turgut Ozal, Turkey's free-enterprise-loving President, has been trumpeting Ankara's crucial role as Western democracy's strongest outpost in the Mideast. How Ozal manages the refugee crisis may determine whether he can fulfill his growing ambition to make Turkey into a regional power.

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