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Turkey, Syria Defense Chiefs Hold First Meeting Since Syrian Civil War Began

  • Russian Defense Minister hosts three-way talks in Moscow
  • Turkey says meeting was on Syrian crisis, ‘terrorist groups’
Hulusi Akar (C) arrives in Moscow, Russia on December 28. 

Hulusi Akar (C) arrives in Moscow, Russia on December 28. 

Photographer: Arif Akdogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Defense Ministers from Turkey and Syria met for the first time since the civil war erupted in the Arab state in 2011, the high point so far in a rapprochement that’s been months in the making.

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