John Kerry Encouraged Turkish Invasion of Syria

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ProgLegs writes for Daily Kos:

Almost buried in a secret recording made of a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office which included intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, army deputy chief of staff Yasar Guler, and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu was the revelation that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly asked about and seemed to encourage a Turkish invasion of Syria…

At about the 5:00 mark Foreign Minister Davutoglu says

…cogu zaman Kerry bana aynen sunu soyledi peki siz kararinizi verdiniz mi dedi bu vurma ve sey yapma…

Translation:  Many times Kerry has said to me “Ok, did you make the decision to strike?”

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India and 10 other Asian countries declared polio free

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From AFP:

Photograph: Saurabh Das/APIndia and 10 other Asian countries have been declared free of polio, meaning the disease has been eradicated in 80% of the world.

The World Health Organisation certified the south-east Asian region – which includes India but excludes Afghanistan and Pakistan – polio-free after three years without a single new case being reported. The WHO said this meant 80% of the world’s population lived in polio-free regions, an important step towards global eradication of the crippling disease…

There are only three countries where polio is still endemic: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. However, isolated outbreaks in the Horn of Africa and war-torn Syria emerged as causes for concern in 2013, and vaccination workers in Pakistan are still being killed by the Taliban.

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