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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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Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebels in Iraq

Turkish warplanes bombarded Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Wednesday (28.07.2015), hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was impossible to continue peace efforts with the Kurds.

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Turkey to Buy Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems Details From China

On Tuesday (28.07.2015), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in China on an official visit. He will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders will discuss the delivery of Chinese-produced ABM systems components to Turkey.

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U.S., Turkey Agree To Create Border Zone Free Of Islamic State

Turkey and the United States have been discussing plans to try to rout Islamic State militants from Syrian territory along the Turkish border, creating a safe haven for thousands of Syrian refugees and cutting off the militant group's main route for getting recruits and supplies.

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Greece impounds military vehicles bound for Libya

A Streit Group Typhoon mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) seized by Greek customs officials in the port of Piraeus. The vehicles were reportedly bound for Libya, in breach of a UN arms embargo against the country. In total 16 vehicles were seized, including eight Typhoons. Source: Greek Public Revenue office

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Turkey Cracks Down on Islamic State Militants

Turkish security forces are engaging in what is being seen as an unprecedented crackdown on the Islamic State militant group – an indication that Ankara's policy towards the Islamic group has changed.

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Is Turkey on the brink of more violence?

The spectacular success of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey’s June 7 general elections gave rise to fresh hopes for peace and the beginning of a new democratization process, but unrest is not giving up without a fight.

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Textron touts Scorpion to Bulgaria in bid to secure first customer

Textron AirLand has demonstrated the capabilities of its Scorpion aircraft to Bulgaria and others, as it looks to secure a first sale of the type during a post-Paris Air Show tour of Europe, the company disclosed in early July (2015).

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