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Turkey names defence minister amid rising Syria border tension

Turkey reappointed a former defence minister who occupied the post for nearly a decade

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Turkey on Friday reappointed a former defence minister who occupied the post for nearly a decade, after his successor was elected as parliamentary speaker.

Vecdi Gonul comes back into the job as Turkey deploys more troops along part of its border with Syria, following an intensification of fighting north of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Members of parliament on Wednesday elected Ismet Yilmaz, who had served as defence minister since served since 2011, as their speaker. Gonul was defence minister from 2002 to 2011.