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Serbia Sets up Refugee Camp Near Macedonian Border

 

 

 

The Serbian authorities set up another temporary camp near the country's border with Macedonia following a large influx of Middle Eastern refugees over the weekend.

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Greek president wants EU summit on refugee crisis

 

 

 

President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has proposed that a European Union leaders’ summit be called to discuss a mounting migrant and refugee crisis and called for a closer cooperation with the United Nations.

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US plays politics with Patriot missile removal

It looks as though the departure of Patriot missiles from Turkey will be at least as controversial as their arrival in 2013. 

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Macedonia Police Clash With Refugees on Border

Macedonian police on Friday fired stun grenades at refugees trying to enter the country, a day after declaring a crisis situation on the border - after which clashes later took place.

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Turkey receives first batch of T129s

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has completed the delivery of the first batch of T129 attack helicopters to the Turkish Armed Forces.

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Government approves Romania's participation in NATO Center of Excellence for Stability Operations

 

 

 

The Government endorsed on Wednesday, by Ordinance, the participation of the Interior Ministry (MAI), through the Romanian Gendarmerie, in the NATO Center of Excellence (CoE) for Stability Operations.

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Turkey: Urban fighting

 

 

 

In Turkey, unidentified gunmen opened fire on police in the capital on Wednesday (19.08.2015), while a bomb killed eight soldiers in the country’s restive southeast.

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IS Threatens Turkey, Calls Erdogan 'Traitor'

A new Islamic State video is taking aim at Turkey, issuing a call to arms to "conquer Istanbul."

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Montenegro MPs to Debate NATO Membership

Ruling parties have submitted a resolution to parliament backing NATO membership, drawing criticism from opposition lawmakers and anti-NATO groups.

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Serbian Military Drill With Russia Annoys EU

European Union spokesperson says joint military exercise between Russia, Belarus and Serbia planned for September sends the wrong signal.

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FP Situation report: Marines to Eastern Europe

Patriot games.

There are about 1,800 U.S. forces currently stationed in Turkey, a number which will shrink by about 250 come October when the U.S. Army brings home the two Patriot missile systems that it had deployed there in 2013.

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U.S., Turkey Finalizing Details of Anti-ISIL Airstrikes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2015 – The United States and Turkey are finalizing details of Turkey’s recently announced participation in the air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said.

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Secretary General announces North Atlantic Council to meet following Turkey's request for Article 4 consultations

The North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 28 NATO Allies, will meet on Tuesday 28 July, 2015  following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under article 4 of NATO's founding Washington Treaty.

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Statement by the North Atlantic Council following meeting under Article 4 of the Washington Treaty (28.07.2015)

The North Atlantic Council met today at Turkey’s request to hold consultations under Article 4 of the Washington Treaty, which states that “the parties will consult whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any of the parties is threatened.”

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NATO To Meet At Turkey's Request

NATO says it will hold emergency talks on July 28, 2015  to discuss Turkey's security operations against both Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish militants, as the country presses ahead with air strikes in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

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