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Important Developments Expected in Near East As Allies Close Syrian-turkish Border

Important developments are expected in the Near East as a result of the closing today by the Allies of the Syrian-Turkish frontier to prevent Nazi spies in Turkey from securing information from Arabs crossing the border.

It has long been known that Arabs in Palestine and in Syria are in contact with German agents through messengers crossing from Syria into Turkey. It has also been known that shipments of food and other commodities are smuggled by Arabs from Palestine and Syria into Turkey for transportation to Axis countries. The Allied action today was taken after Admiral Sir John Cunningham, new British Commanderin-Chief in the Levant, made a special flying trip to Ankara and held a conference there with the Turkish Premier and with members of his cabinet.