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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets members of his ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, at the Grand National Assembly in Ankara earlier this year. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An undated photo shows Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, in Izmir, Turkey. Brunson's trial began Monday on charges of aiding groups said to have orchestrated an attempted coup. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army soldiers celebrate around a statue of Kawa, a mythology figure in Kurdish culture as they prepare to destroy it in city center of Afrin, northwestern Syria, early Sunday. Hasan Kirmizitas/AP hide caption

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Fighters with the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army advance through a field southeast of Afrin on Tuesday. Ankara and its allies among the Syrian rebels said Tuesday they have surrounded the Kurdish-held Syrian border town. Hasan Kirmizitas/DHA-Depo Photos via AP hide caption

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with local people in Port Sudan, Sudan, on Dec. 25, one of many locations in Africa the Turkish leader has visited recently. Kayhan Ozer/AP hide caption

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Turkey Is Quietly Building Its Presence In Africa

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in Ankara during the funeral prayers for Sgt. Musa Ozalkan, the first Turkish soldier to be killed in Turkey's cross-border "Operation Olive Branch" in northern Syria, on Tuesday. Kayhan Ozer/AP hide caption

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A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane is seen stuck in mud on an embankment, a day after skidding off the airstrip, after landing at Trabzon's airport on the Black Sea coast on Jan. 14. STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sozcu, a Turkish daily newspaper seen in Ankara, runs Mehmet Hakan Atilla's conviction as front-page news on Thursday. Altan Gocher/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Tuba and Cevheri Guven, both journalists, fled to Thessaloniki after being targeted by their own government. Turkey has imprisoned 262 journalists, making it the world's largest jailer of journalists. "If you write something on Twitter, you can go directly to prison," Tuba says. Joanna Kakissis/For NPR hide caption

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Turks Fleeing To Greece Find Mostly Warm Welcome, Despite History

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Sevan Nisanyan was convicted and jailed for violating zoning laws in Sirince, his home village in western Turkey. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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