Turkish Foreign Affairs minister Ahmet Davutoglu answers questions during an interview with AFP in his hometown in Konya province on March 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN
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Turkey banned YouTube on Thursday after the video-sharing website was used to spread damaging leaked audio files from a state security meeting that discussed possible military action in Syria.The recordings purport to show senior Turkish government, military and spy officials discussing plans to stage an armed clash in Syria or a missile attack that would serve as a pretext for a military response. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- already ensnared in a corruption scandal and hit by a series of street protests ahead of crucial local elections on Sunday -- angrily lashed out at his political opponents for leaking the recording. Thursday's YouTube leak is the first to focus on national security.TIB said it was responding to the government ruling by blocking YouTube on the grounds of a "primary threat against national security," private NTV television reported.
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