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Turkish Pentagon: Erdogan breaks ground on crescent defense complex

President says new headquarters will 'strike fear in enemies' but embolden friends

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new defense ministry building in Ankara on Aug. 30. (Anadolu Agency)

ISTANBUL -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks to "strike fear" into Turkey's enemies as the country breaks ground on a massive "Crescent Star Compound" intended to serve as the new home for the defense ministry.

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