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Turkey Sends More Troops to Syria Ahead of Key Putin Meeting

  • Ankara is intent on stopping attempts to take rebel bastion
  • Erdogan government concerned over possible wave of refugees
Vladimir Putin, right, with Bashar al-Assad at the Kremlin in Moscow on Sept. 13.
Vladimir Putin, right, with Bashar al-Assad at the Kremlin in Moscow on Sept. 13.Photographer: Mikhail Klementiev/AFP/Getty Images
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Turkey has sent more troops to northwestern Syria as it prepares for a critical meeting with the leaders of Russia and Iran next week, signaling its determination to carry on blocking an assault on one of the Syrian war’s last front lines.

The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long feared that an attempt by Russian-backed Syrian forces to move on the rebel bastion of Idlib would send more refugees streaming toward the Turkish frontier.