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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turkish Cabinet Approves U.S. Troops

ANKARA, Turkey -- Ending a high stakes diplomatic standoff, Turkey's Cabinet on Monday agreed to the deployment of tens of thousands of U.S. combat troops ahead of a possible war in Iraq.

Government spokesman Abdullatif Sener said the measure was being sent to parliament Monday. A vote on Tuesday is widely expected.

The announcement followed a more than six-hour Cabinet meeting. In a sign of how contentious a U.S. troop deployment is in Turkey, Sener said that many ministers still had reservations.

The basing agreement has been delayed by weeks of tense negotiations. The deadlock was broken late last week, when Washington offered Turkey $5 billion in aid and $10 billion in loans to cushion the Turkish economy from the impact of any war.

Sener said Turkish and U.S. officials were still working out the final details of an agreement.