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Post-coup shake-up at Turkey's intelligence agency

As emergency law becomes the new order in Turkey, several institutions are being reformed, shut down or promptly restructured. With each new executive decree that passes as law, Ankara bureaucrats have been wondering whether the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) would be affected as well.

Posted November 6, 2016

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Turkey’s doors open for cooperation with all countries on air defense systems

Turkey’s doors are open to any country willing to cooperate with the country technically in producing air defense systems for the use of the Turkish Armed Forces, the head of the defense industry body has said, without ruling out the direct procurement of the systems until they can develop a national model. 

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Serbian PM Vows to Shake Up Secret Service

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said he would make changes to address failings by the country’s secret service after recent weapons cache finds in Belgrade and an espionage scandal.

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Syrian Kurds Face Heavy Fighting in Battle to Retake Raqqa

Kurdish-led Syrian forces, backed by U.S. air power and military advisers, captured a number of Islamic State positions amid heavy fighting Monday (07.11.2016) north of the IS stronghold of Raqqa.

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Генерал: российская техника ВДВ подходит для выполнения задач в ВС Сербии

БЕЛГРАД, 8 ноя. 2016 — РИА Новости. Российская военная техника, используемая ВДВ РФ на учениях "Славянское братство 2016", полностью подходит для выполнения задач, которые ставятся перед сербскими спецподразделениями, сообщил командующий бригады специального назначения Вооруженных сил Сербии бригадный генерал Зоран Величкович.

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The battle for Raqqa: Turkey, Kurds, Russia and the USA

Despite months of tension between Turkey and Kurdish rebels in northern Syria, the Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces have finally kicked off their long-anticipated move on the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa. The 30,000-strong force -- which includes about 10,000 Syrian Arab fighters -- is being backed by U.S. and coalition aircraft and other “advise and assist support,” according to a statement from the U.S. military command in Baghdad.

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Post-coup attempt restructuring means Turkish army may no longer be functional: Özcan

The restructuring of the Turkish military in the wake of the July 15 failed coup attempt could create more problems than it solves, according to Nihat Ali Özcan, an academic an a retired major.

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Greece: “There are eight ‘17N’ members still at large”

According to the group leader these individuals were involved in homicides and other violent acts.

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Opinion: Black Sea - no place for provocations

Following Russia's annexation of Crimea, the Black Sea has become a strategic priority for NATO. Now troops will be stationed there. That is the right move, says DW's Robert Schwartz.

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NATO Deputy Secretary General to visit Romania on 8 November 2016

The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, will visit Romania on Monday, 7 November and Tuesday, 8 November 2016.

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Байден осудил Россию за ратификацию военного соглашения с Абхазией

ВАШИНГТОН, 5 ноя. 2016 – РИА Новости. Вице-президент США Джо Байден осудил Россию за ратификацию соглашения с Абхазией об объединенной группировке войск и заверил премьер-министра Грузии Георгия Квирикашвили в поддержке со стороны Вашингтона, сообщил Белый дом по итогам телефонного разговора двух политиков.

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Turkey deploys tanks to Silopi across from Iraq

Turkish Armed Forces have begun deploying tanks and other armored vehicles from the Ankara-based 28th Mechanized Infantry Brigade to Silopi in Şırnak near the border with Iraq, Anadolu Agency reported Nov. 1, three days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the country would reinforce its troops along its border. 

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NATO Deputy Secretary General to visit Montenegro

The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, will visit Montenegro on Wednesday, 2 November and Thursday, 3 November 2016.

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Турция получит первые самолеты F-35 в 2018 году

АНКАРА, 1 ноя. 2016 — РИА Новости. Первые американские истребители-бомбардировщики F-35 начнут поступать на вооружение ВВС Турции в 2018 году, заявил премьер-министр Турции Бинали Йылдырым во вторник.

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Group opposed by Turkey launches operation to ‘cut Mosul off from Syria’

Iraqi paramilitaries launched an operation on Oct. 29, 2016 to retake the town of Tal Afar from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and cut jihadist supply lines from Mosul to Syria, a spokesman said.

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