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President Barack Obama is appealing to Turkey today for help in Afghanistan. Obama will meet Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today to discuss how to beat back Taliban militants and how to deny Al Qaeda sanctuary.

The Associated Press reports the United States would like Turkey to use its sway as a regional power and Muslim majority ally to help solve some of its trickiest foreign policy problems.

Turkey has sought to become a mediator for the United States with Iran and Arab countries, but it is unclear whether the Obama administration is eager for Ankara to play that role. The two sides disagree on sanctions against Iran and the administration is uneasy about recent Turkish criticism of, and disputes with, Israel.

Obama appeals for help amid tensions with Turkey

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is looking for help in Afghanistan from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even as tensions simmer between the two NATO allies on Iran and the Middle East.

A White House meeting Monday between the two leaders comes at a time of rising Turkish influence in the Middle East and Central Europe.

Before leaving for Washington, Erdogan said Turkey has already contributed the "necessary number" of troops in Afghanistan, and that Turkish military and police will train their Afghan counterparts and press ahead with health, education and infrastructure projects there.