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Greece sceptical, but won’t veto Commission’s border force plan

 

 

 

” The Greek government disagrees with two crucial “points”  of the European Commission’s plan for a new border force to be discussed at the two day summit starting on Thursday (17 December 2015), but opposing a veto has been ruled out.

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US says Turkey must pull unauthorized forces from Iraq

 

 

 

The US ramped up pressure Wednesday on Turkey to pull unauthorized troops from Iraq, aiming to defuse a dispute that has rankled relations between two countries central to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

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Turkey: military operation against KPK

 

 

 

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Turkish military is gearing up launch a new military offensive in the southeastern Turkey against the Kurdistan Worker's Party, a Kurdish terrorist group which aims to create a Kurdish homeland.

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Turkish MP faces treason charges after telling RT ISIS used Turkey for transiting sarin

 

 

 

A treason investigation has been launched against a Turkish MP who alleged in an exclusive interview with RT that Islamic State jihadists delivered deadly sarin gas to Syria through Turkey.

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Turkey arrested a man on plotting

 

 

 

Turkish officials arrested a man on Tuesday who they say was plotting to blow up the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul on behalf of the Islamic State. Hurriyet Daily News reports that Turkish intelligence singled out Muhammed Raghil al-Hardani, a Syrian citizen, as part of an Islamic State cell based in southeastern Turkey. 

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Spain to keep Patriot SAMs in Turkey

 

 

 

The Spanish government has authorised the renewal of Spain's main overseas military missions for 2016, including the two Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries helping guard NATO ally Turkey's southern border with Syria.

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Turkey to set up Qatar military base to face ‘common enemies’

 

 

 

Turkey will establish a military base in Qatar as part of a defense agreement aimed at helping them confront "common enemies," Turkey's ambassador to Qatar said on 16.12.2015.

Establishment of the base, part of an agreement signed in 2014 and ratified by Turkey's Parliament in June, intensifies the partnership with Qatar at a time of rising instability and a perceived waning of US interest in the region.

The two countries, both economic heavyweights, have provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and raised the alarm about creeping Iranian influence in the region.

Both have condemned Russia's intervention on the side of Assad's forces fighting in Syria.

The envoy, Ahmet Demirok, told Reuters that 3,000 ground troops would be stationed at the base -- Turkey's first overseas military installation in the Middle East -- as well as air and naval units, military trainers and special operations forces.

The "multi-purpose" base will primarily serve as a venue for joint training exercises and Qatar was also looking at setting up its own base in Turkey, he said in an interview.

"Turkey and Qatar face common problems and we are both very concerned about developments in the region and uncertain policies of other countries. … We confront common enemies. At this critical time for the Middle East cooperation between us is vital," Demirok said.

One of the wealthiest countries in the world, Qatar is home to the largest US air base in the Middle East, Al Udeid, where around 10,000 military personnel are stationed, though US interest in the region is perceived to be lessening.

Demirok said 100 Turkish troops were currently in Qatar training the Gulf state's military. He did not say when the new Turkish base would be completed.

"Today we are not building a new alliance but rather rediscovering historic and brotherly ties," he said, referring to the Muslim Ottoman Empire which, before its collapse in 1920, stretched from Eastern Europe to the Persian Gulf.

"With the perceived disengagement by the United States from the Gulf, what we are witnessing now is a diversification of potential allies," said Jean-Marc Rickli, a professor at King's College London teaching at Qatar National Defence College.

"If you are a small state like Qatar you have an interest in hosting several allies on your territory because it provides you with an indirect security guarantee from your ally. Moreover, it increases the costs for the aggressor of any potential attack."

Qatari officials were not immediately available for comment.

Source: http://www.todayszaman.com/latest-news_turkey-to-set-up-qatar-military-base-to-face-common-enemies_407126.html

 

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Draft conclusions of upcoming EU summit suggest Greece to be pressured over migration

 

 

 

Greece is expected to come under significant pressure over its response to the refugee crisis at the European Union leaders’ summit on Thursday and Friday (17-18.12.2015).

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Turkey joins 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism announced by Saudi Arabia

 

 

 

Turkey has joined a 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism whose formation was announced by Saudi Arabia on Dec. 14, according to a joint statement published by state news agency SPA.

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Каналы зашифрованного документооборота между РФ и странами СНГ свяжут в единую сеть

 

 

 

15 декабря, 12:17 UTC+3
Комплекс разработан в рамках опытно-конструкторской работы "Мост-СНГ" по заказу Федеральной службы охраны России

Read more: Каналы зашифрованного документооборота между РФ и странами СНГ свяжут в единую сеть

Montenegro to Boost Counter-Terrorism Operations

 

 

 

Under the country's new anti-terrorism strategy, Montenegro will form a special team tasked with identifying and monitoring potential members of violent extremist groups.

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European Border Agency: EU to get centralised powers to secure its borders

 

 

 

The European Union is set to take its largest step in European integration to date with the creation of the European Border and Coast Guard which will replace Frontex and have new powers, including the right to deploy intervention forces if the integrity of the Schengen borders are considered to be at risk. Between January and November 2015 an estimated 1.5 million people entered the EU illegally. This figure represents an all-time peak in European Union history.

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Ship flying Turkish flag heads off from Russian rig mobilization in Black Sea

 

 

 

The commander of the Turkish ship did not connect with the convoy vessels using radio exchange and did not respond to calls

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Report: Some Turkish troops leaving Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq as part of ‘new arrangement’

 

 

 

 

A detachment of the Turkish troops deployed in northern Iraq were on 14.12.2015 leaving a camp close to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-held city of Mosul and moving north, a Turkish military source said, after Baghdad said it would ask the UN Security Council to order them out of Iraq.

Read more: Report: Some Turkish troops leaving Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq as part of ‘new arrangement’

Greece wants to host mini-summit on migration with Germany, Turkey, says Kotzias

 

 

 

Greece will host a mini-summit on migration with the leaders of Germany and Turkey in early 2016, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on 13.12.2015.

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