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TENSIONS Turkey Cuts Ties With Israel Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AP Photo

Turkey Cuts Ties With Israel

In the wake of the U.N.’s review of Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla, Turkey has suspended military ties with Israel after the country refused to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish activists on board. Since the report’s release Friday, Ankara has expelled Israel’s ambassador, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to support the Palestinian territories' attempt to be recognized as an independent state by the U.N. He also said that Turkish naval ships would increase activity in the eastern Mediterranean.

September 6, 2011 12:14 PM