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NATO chief recalls Turkey’s commitment to Article 5 amid calls to join Shanghai 5

Turkey would never take steps to undermine NATO’s collective defense and unity as spelled out in Article 5, the alliance’s chief has said, recalling President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s commitment to NATO membership amid the revival of a discussion on Turkish participation in the Russian-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization, known as the Shanghai Five. 

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Serbian Soldiers Threaten Protest over Low Wages

The Serbian defence minister called on army members to show solidarity in a ‘tough economic situation’ as the union representing military personnel said it plans to stage the first-ever public protest by soldiers in the country over poor working conditions and low wages.

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Turkey: More than 20,000 dismissed from army since coup attempt

A total of 20,088 people, including soldiers and military students, have been dismissed from the army in line with the ongoing investigation into the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), Defense Minister Fikri Işık has stated.

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Kurdish Forces Meet Turkish Demands, Leave Northern Syrian Town

A Syrian Kurdish militia withdrew its forces on 16.11.2016 from the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij, three months after helping to free it from Islamic State control.

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EU backs minimalist defence plan in effort not to undermine NATO

EU ministers approved a common defence plan yesterday (14 November 2016) despite sharp differences over how far it should go, as Donald Trump’s election win stoked fears about Washington’s commitment to European security.

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I’m in Syria, Turkish commander responds to coup panel

The commander of Turkey’s special forces, who had a crucial role in thwarting the July 15 failed coup attempt, has said he is currently in Syria within the scope of the Euphrates Shield Operation in northern Syria and cannot attend a session of the parliamentary commission formed to investigate the failed coup. 

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Turkish army resumes anti-ISIL air strikes in Syria after talks with Russia, US

Turkish warplanes hit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in west of Salva town in Syria late on Nov. 11, 2016, resuming its flights in Syrian airspace after more than two weeks of suspension.

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As Montenegro Looks to NATO, Anxiety Grows Over Future US Commitment

As America's European allies try to figure out their future relationships with Washington under President-elect Donald Trump, analysts say NATO and Russia are involved in an increasingly tense battle for influence in the Balkan states. Montenegro – formerly part of Serbia until declaring independence in 2006 – is about to join the NATO alliance.

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The Turkish Air Force is running out of pilots

Turkey’s air force is short of fighter jet pilots.

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NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016

TBILISI, GEORGIA , 10 November 2016 – Officials from the Georgian Ministry of Defence and NATO commenced the NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016 at Vaziani military base near, Tbilisi, Georgia.

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NATO tests Science for Peace and Security projects in Montenegro

NATO successfully live-tested two Science for Peace and Security (SPS) projects as part of the consequence-management field exercise held in Montenegro in November 2016. Under the SPS Programme, NATO is supporting the clearance of unexploded ordnance in Montenegro and developing a multinational telemedicine system for emergency situations.

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Новый удар по планам США и Турции: Иран открывает курдам «второе дыхание»

28 октября 2016 года в современной трагедии Ирака, Сирии и курдов была перевернута интереснейшая страница, и может статься, что в дальнейшем мы увидим прообраз новейшей географии региона.

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Serbia Agrees to Joins EU's Greece-Led Balkan Battlegroup

Serbia has signed an agreement to join the the Balkan Battlegroup (HELBROC) of the European Union Military Staff, the county's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday (08.11.2016).

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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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