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Can Turkey Impact Possible Transition In Syria?

The declaration by Turkey's president that Ankara has "lost all confidence" in the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad signals further isolation for the embattled regime in Damascus. International calls for stepped-up sanctions are growing, despite concerns about whether the regime or the Syrian public will suffer most. Analysts say despite Ankara's escalating rhetoric, Turkey remains in an important position to provide incentives for a political transition in Syria.