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Turkey grants U.S. request for airspace, airbases

ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) -- Turkey said Saturday it had granted a U.S. request to use Turkish airspace and airbases for U.S. transport aircraft in any response to the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

It was the first public pledge of specific support from Turkey, although the country had already vowed full cooperation with the United States.

Turkey already allows U.S. and British warplanes to use a base at Incirlik in southeast Turkey for patrols of a so-called no-fly zone over neighboring northern Iraq under "Operation Northern Watch." There are also large military airbases in eastern Turkey near the cities of Diyarbakir and Malatya.

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