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  1. Erdogan to Discuss Syria With Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to host Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Tuesday in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi. The two leaders will discuss the future of northern Syria following a Turkish offensive against Kurdish YPG fighters last week. Russian-backed Syrian government forces moved into Kurdish-held areas after striking a deal with the embattled Kurdish leadership. The talks will come four days after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Turkey to broker a five-day cease-fire.

    What else is going on? U.S. officials are also studying plans to remove 50 nuclear weapons that are stored in southern Turkey, just 250 miles from the Syrian border.

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