Bashar Assad

In Turkey, Biden aims to mend wobbly ties to key NATO ally

With suspicions on both sides mounting, the United States is struggling to preserve its wobbly partnership with Turkey as the Turks entertain closer relations with Russia and fume over a U.S.-based cleric blamed for orchestrating last month's failed coup.

Vice President Joe Biden arrives Wednesday in the Turkish capital, Ankara, aiming to smooth over recent strains but with limited leverage. He comes bearing no assurances that the United States will agree to Turkey's demand that it extradite Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania. Instead, he'll try to convey that America values Turkey as a key NATO ally amid worrying signs that the U.S. and Turkish approaches to the Syrian...