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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkey to Take Over Peacekeeping Role

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey has accepted in principle to lead the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan after lengthy negotiations with the United States and Britain, the Turkish military said Monday.

A military statement said a delegation led by General Akin Zorlu would travel to Afghanistan on Wednesday to inspect the region. It did not say if any of Turkey's conditions for taking over the command were met. Turkey had asked for guarantees of financial support if it agreed to replace Britain as head of the force. It had also pressed for the continued presence of other NATO countries in the mission and demanded that a clear exit strategy be in place.

Turkish State Minister Yilmaz Karakoyunlu said Monday a $228 million aid package, which the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush plans to send to the U.S. Congress for approval, would be sufficient to help Turkey meet peacekeeping costs.