MIDDLE EAST: Report on the Kurds

General Matthew B. Ridgway flew to Turkey to inspect the easternmost outpost of his NATO command. He conferred with the U.S. military mission in Ankara, inspected units of the tough, well-trained Turkish army, and journeyed to Turkey's mountain frontier with Russia. There, General Ridgway looked around with the help of a B.C. scope.

The region was well worth a look: the rugged, isolated mountain country spanning the Russian-Turkish border and stretching eastward to the Caspian Sea may be the strategic key to the whole troubled Middle East. This land (see map) is...

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