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Croatian Intelligence Report Downplays Terror Threat

Croatia's Security and Intelligence Agency describes the country as stable although it warns that terrorist attacks in Europe have made the situation more complex in the region.

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EU should relocate 6,000 refugees from Greece

European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said that 1,700 asylum seekers have been relocated from Greece to other EU countries since the scheme was launched last autumn and that efforts should be made to reach an objective of 6,000. 

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Turkey launches ‘local and national’ warship

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated Turkey’s goal of self-sufficiency in defense as he launched a new warship on June 18, 2016.

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NATO to deploy troops to Romania as part of eastward expansion

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) says it will send units to Romania as part of plans to expand its presence in Eastern Europe, a source of controversy with Russia.

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Kosovo Govt Seeks to Extend EULEX Mandate

Just five days before the EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo’s mandate expires, the government approved draft legislation intended to allow it to continue operating.

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Will Turkey's military might be overshadowed by political failures?

Turkey's annual Efes military exercises featured many firsts this year and seemed particularly relevant to the country's current concerns.

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Why Turkish military isn't welcome in Syria, Iraq

Turkey appears more like a concerned onlooker than an active participant in Iraq and Syria, as major US and Russian-supported offensives against the Islamic State (IS) continue to gather momentum, and key players jockey to gain spheres of influence in and around Fallujah, Mosul, Manbij and Raqqa once these cities are liberated from IS.

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US guarantees no PYD presence west of Euphrates after ops on ISIL: Turkish FM

The United States has provided guarantees that forces from the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) will not retain a presence west of the Euphrates River after U.S.-backed operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are completed in the region, Turkey has claimed.

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Car bomb kills at least 11 in central Istanbul

A car bomb targeting a police vehicle in Istanbul’s Vezneciler neighborhood during the morning rush hour killed 11 people, seven of whom were police officers, while wounding 36 others on June 7, 2016. 

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Serbia’s Russian Helicopter Deal Kept Confidential

Details of Serbia’s deal with Russia to purchase new Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters cannot be made public yet, the Serbian defence ministry told BIRN.

The Serbian defence ministry told BIRN that it cannot release details of the contract to buy two Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters from Russia because they are still classified.

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Croatia, Tunisia First To Receive U.S. Kiowa Warriors

Croatia and Tunisia are the first nations to receive OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopters retired by theU.S. Army. Tunisia, announced most recently as a recipient, will use the helicopters to battle Islamic extremists, according to the Department of Defense.

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US says it does not consider Gülen movement a terror organization

The U.S. has stated that the country does not consider the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen a terror organization, a position which stands in contrast with the latest decision taken during a Turkish National Security Council (MGK) meeting on the movement.

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Turkey proposes special operation with US in Syria

Turkey has proposed to join the United States in a special operation in Syria only if Kurdish fighters are excluded from the offensive.

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NATO Urged to Strengthen Presence in Balkans

NATO leaders in Tirana welcomed Montenegro's membership, spoke of the need to bring Macedonia closer to the alliance - and called for a robust response to an assertive Russia.

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Bulgarian PM holds special meeting on migrant crossings at Greek border

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov called together senior officials for a special meeting in the south-west Bulgarian town of Blagoevgrad on May 29, 2016 to discuss the situation at the Greek border, against a background of close to 90 people having been caught trying to enter Bulgaria illegally in the past day.

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