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Turkish soldiers training Iraqi troops near Mosul, source says

 

 

 

Several hundred Turkish soldiers have been deployed to provide training for Iraqi troops in an area near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which is under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) control, a Turkish security source told Reuters on Friday (04.12.2015).

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EU provided inadequate help for refugees, minister says

 

 

 

The European Union has provided far less than is needed to help Greece deal with the massive influx of refugees and other migrants this year, the country’s European affairs minister said Friday (04.12.2015).

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Greece: All breaks down: three emergency mechanisms for an ever culminating emergency

 

 

 

Since November 1st, 50,000 people have arrived in Greece; since January 2015, 700,000 people are estimated to have transited through Greece, that is, more than the population of Luxembourg.  The scale is immense and the European Commission has been working very closely with the Greek authorities to alleviate some of the pressure.  On Thursday, Greece activated three emergency mechanisms to address a refugee crisis the scale of which is unseen since WWII.

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Turkey: PM highlights difficulty of sealing border as US wants ground troops

 

 

 

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has underlined the difficulties and potential complications of a move by Turkey to close its border with Syria, as a recent report revealed Ankara's resentment over the US leadership's insistence on using Turkish ground troops to secure the border.

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Nine foreigners suspected of terrorism, expelled from Romania this year

 

 

 

Nine foreigners suspected of activities related to terrorism have been declared undesirable and expelled from Romania this year following decisions of the Bucharest Court of Appeal, at the proposal of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).

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Greece asks for deployment of EU civil protection mechanism

 

 

 

The Greek Ministry for Immigration Policy on Thursday (03.12.2015) asked the EU to deploy its Civil Protection Mechanism to help deal with the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis.

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Bosnia Unites Security Agencies for Anti-Terror Drive

 

 

 

Police, intelligence and security agencies will be coordinated by a new nationwide body to ensure more effective cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the security minister said.

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Послание президента Федеральному собранию

 

 

 

"Мы знаем, кто в Турции зарабатывает деньги на награбленной нефти, вербует наемников"

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Greece insists its Schengen membership is secure

 

 

 

Athens has denied media reports that its place in the EU's passport-free Schengen zone is in jeopardy. Some EU members have accused Greece of failing to control its borders.

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Военный эксперт о блокаде российских судов в Босфоре: войны не будет, будет мотание нервов

 

 

 

Russia Today сообщает, что с 30 ноября власти Турции стали задерживать проход российских военных кораблей через пролив Босфор. В результате на проходе уже скопилось несколько десятков судов.

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Montenegro: We can play a disproportionately large role in NATO

On the day (02.12.2015) NATO invited the Western Balkan country of Montenegro to join the military alliance, EurActiv spoke to its Defence Minister, Milica Pejanović-Đurišić, in Brussels.

Pejanović-Đurišić spoke to Matthew Tempest.

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How Turkey’s Porous Border With Syria Ties Into Islamic State Financing

Turkey must “do more within its own territory, so it controls its border, which it has not done effectively since [Islamic State] first arose,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday (01.12.2015). President Barack Obama made a similar point in a news conference, saying that “ground forces on the Turkish side of the border can do a much better job of sealing the border.”

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NATO activates new Multinational Division Southeast headquarters in Bucharest

 

 

 

NATO and Romanian Ministry of Defense representatives activated the Multinational Division Southeast Headquarters in Bucharest, Romania today (1 December 2015), marking its official integration into the NATO command structure. The new, high-readiness headquarters will be able to command forces deployed within NATO’s southeast region, supporting the defence of the Alliance. It will also be a hub for regional cooperation among Allies. The headquarters is designated to have 280 personnel.

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Турки устроили за крейсером «Москва» «демонстративное слежение»

 

 

 

Информация о двух турецких подводных лодках, зашедших в район расположения российского ракетного крейсера «Москва», судя по всему, появилась в стамбульских СМИ не случайно. Эти маневры определенно носят демонстративный характер. Что хотят показать турки и в какой мере их субмарины представляют опасность для российской эскадры?

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Sources: NATO to offer membership to Montenegro

 

 

 

On Wednesday (2 December, 2015) the Balkan state of Montenegro will be formally invited to join the NATO military alliance, diplomatic sources said, a move which could further strain already difficult ties with Moscow.

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