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Turkey Sends Military Forces into Northern Iraq

More than 1,500 Turkish troops cross the border into Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, a move the United States strongly opposes. Turkey says it needs a military presence in the area to secure its borders and prevent the formation of an independent Kurdish state. NPR's Mike Shuster reports.

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Mike Shuster is an award-winning diplomatic correspondent and roving foreign correspondent for NPR News. He is based at NPR West, in Culver City, CA. When not traveling outside the U.S., Shuster covers issues of nuclear non-proliferation and weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and the Pacific Rim.