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Iraq, Syria crises cost billions for Turkey

The amount Turkey has paid for the Iraqi and Syrian crises in the last four years has reached over $16 billion.
Kurdish refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani stand in front of their tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province January 31, 2015. The United States and its allies carried out 27 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since early Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operation reported on Saturday. Ten of the 17 strikes in Iraq hit near the oil city of Kirkuk, it said. In Syria, Islamic State targets near the border town of Kobani were attacke
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The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), which has been criticized for not conducting effective opposition to the government’s policies in Iraq and Syria, has released a new report that says the amount Turkey has paid for the two crises in four years has reached $16.56 billion.

A 72-page report titled "Syria and Iraqi crises: The Costs Turkey Pays" emphatically states that wrong policies played a major role in these costs, which include expenditures for Syrian refugees, potential export losses and declining tourism revenues.

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