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Serbia's full-blown participation in the war games of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)

September 2017 will see Serbia's full-blown participation in the war games of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), according to media reports.

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Turkey plans military incursion into Iraq: Report

Turkey is reportedly planning to launch a military incursion into northern Iraq in an alleged bid to target the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), viewed by Ankara as a terrorist organization.

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Turkey: US missile attack an important step against Syria’s war crimes, no-fly zone needed

The U.S. air strike on a Syrian air base early on April 7 2017 is a “positive response against the al-Assad regime’s war crimes,” Turkish Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has stated, calling for a no-fly zone in Syria. 

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Kosovo’s president bows to pressure on his army plan

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi on Thursday (30 March 2017) gave up on his plans for a rapid transformation of the nation’s defence force into an army, ceding to strong opposition from Western allies.

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U.S. Senate Advances Approval of Montenegro's Bid To Join NATO

The U.S. Senate has voted overwhelmingly to advance the approval of Montenegro's bid to join NATO, paving the way for the Balkan nation to join the military alliance.

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NATO to spend 3 billion euros on satellite, cyber defenses

NATO plans to spend 3 billion euros ($3.24 billion) to upgrade its satellite and computer technology over the next three years as the Western military alliance adapts to new threats, a senior official said.

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"Kosovo is state without army, while Russia's arming Serbia"

American Congressman Eliot Engel has confirmed that the United States is currently opposed to the establishment of an army in Kosovo.

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Turkey not convinced with Russian denial for military base in Afrin

Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied reports that Moscow is building a military base in Afrin, but Ankara is not convinced by Russia’s comments on the matter, even as it has shied away from publicly responding to Moscow over its developing alliance with Syrian Kurds.

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President Iohannis: CSAT approves Romania’s objectives at the NATO Summit in Brussels. 120 military to be sent to Poland

The National Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) has approved Romania’s objectives at the NATO Summit in Brussels, President Klaus Iohannis announced on 21.03.2017.

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NATO and Montenegro

“NATO Expansion: Examining the Accession of Montenegro” 

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Turkey planning military drills off Cyprus on Sunday, Cyprus

Ankara on 17.03.2017 issued a navigational telex, or Navtex, reserving a section of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone, off the island’s coast, for a military exercise on Sunday involving live ammunition, it has emerged.

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Turkey's Largest Military Base Overseas to Be Opened in Somalia in April 2017

Turkey's largest military base abroad will be opened in April in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, media reported Friday (17.03.2017).

According to the Yeni Safak newspaper, the Turkish Army will train Somalia troops and troops from other African countries at the base, which has been under construction near Somalia's airport in Mogadishu since March 2015.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Staff's Chief Gen. Hulusi Akar are expected to take part in the official opening ceremony, which is due to take place in April.

The construction costs reportedly make up $50 million. About 500 soldiers will be able to train at the same time, the base occupies 400 hectares and includes three military schools, dormitories and depots.

Somalia has been mired in an armed conflict with Islamist militants for about two decades. The crisis has significantly undermined the positions of the country's government within the country's territory and made it rely on foreign assistance, with Turkey being one of the main investors and aid providers.

Source: http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/turkey/2017/turkey-170317-sputnik02.htm

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Kosovo President Says Will Resign If Lawmakers Don't Create Army

Kosovo's president said he will resign and force a parliamentary election if lawmakers do not approve his proposal to create a national army over the objections of Kosovo's Western allies and minority ethnic Serbs.

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All kinds of military cooperation with Russia in Syria:

Ankara and Moscow are conducting all kinds of military cooperation in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a press conference March 10, 2017 with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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Netherlands cancels flight permit for Turkish FM, Turkey summons diplomat

The Netherlands has canceled a flight clearance for Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on March 11, 2017, which caused reaction from Turkey, after Çavuşoğlu said hours earlier that Turkey would impose “severe sanctions” against the Dutch state. 

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