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    Armenian bill sparks high level military phone traffic

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    15.10.2007 - 13:53 | Son Güncelleme: 15.10.2007 - 13:54

    The new US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, has reportedly called his Turkish counterpart, General Yasar Buyukanit, to discuss the possible effects on Turkish-US relations from the proposed Armenian bill before the US Congress.

    Admiral Mullen told General Yasarbuyukanit that the Pentagon was working hard to let the US Congress know that the possible limitations on US use of Turkey's Incirlik Air Force base would have potentially serious effects for the US efforts in Iraq. General Buyukanit has already noted that in the event of the passage of the Armenian bill, "Our military relations with the US will not be the same as before." Currently, up to 70% of the air cargo entering Iraq from the US comes through Turkey, as does 30% of the fuel used by US troops.  The Armenian bill is expected to face a vote in the House of Representatives before November 22.
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