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By Faruk Yuce KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - From his fields in Turkey, farmer Huseyin Ozdemir can see Islamist militants digging trenches and planting mines as they ready for battle around the northern Syrian town of Jarablus. Like many villagers along this stretch of Turkey's 900 km (560-mile) border, Ozdemir welcomed the arrival of additional Turkish soldiers to bolster security in recent days but fears the consequences if they cross into Syria and intervene. Wary of advances by both Syrian Kurdish forces and Islamic State militants as fighting north of the Syrian city of Aleppo intensifies, Turkey has sent extra troops and equipment to strengthen this part of the border as the risk of spillover rises.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first minority governor, dismissed calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse lawn as a divisive issue far from her agenda.