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New Congress targets Turkey

US lawmakers are still eyeing Turkey warily, even after it released US pastor Andrew Brunson.
Turkish soldiers stand on top of tanks next to the Syrian-Trukish border fence near the town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 23, 2014. Some 138,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees have entered Turkey in an exodus that began last week, and two border crossing points remain open, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said.    REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY  - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CONFLICT MILITARY)   - LR1EA9N0VR52V

Relations between Washington and Ankara temporarily thawed last year following the release of US pastor Andrew Brunson. But Congress is still putting Ankara on notice. 

House Democrats voted mostly along party lines last week to pass a spending bill that hits Turkey with arms sales bans and sanctions. The bipartisan provisions originated in the Republican-held Senate last year but did not clear the House at the time.

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