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Turkey: Background and U.S. Relations In Brief

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Congressional Research Service Washington United States

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Several Turkish foreign and domestic policy issues are significant for U.S. interests, and Congress plays an active role in shaping and overseeing U.S. relations with Turkey. This report provides information and analysis on key issues in the aftermath of the failed July 15-16, 2016, coup attempt, including the response of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government including significant personnel and institutional changes, and calls for the United States to extradite Fethullah Gulen see belowamid Turkeys continuing domestic and regional challenges implications for Turkeys cooperation with the United States and NATO the status of Turkeys Kurds, including tensions and violence between the Turkish government and the Kurdish militant group PKK Kurdistan Workers Party or Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan and U.S.-Turkey dealings and other aspects regarding Syria that involve the Islamic State organization IS, also known as ISIS, ISIL, or the Arabic acronym Daesh, Kurdish groups, Turkeys hosting of around three million refugees and migrants, and its 2016 arrangement with the European Union.

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