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Serbian Police Probe Mass Data Theft Claim

 

 

 

Serbian police are investigating claims of anonymous hackers that they have stolen the ID numbers, addresses and phone numbers of everyone in the country.

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F-35 European Maintenance Sites Announced

 

 

 

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office announced the European locations for heavy engine and heavy air frame maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade facilities.

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$8,700 will let young Turks 'buy out' their military service

 

 

 

When the topic is compulsory military service in Turkey, everybody listens. Every year, in batches, about 700,000 young men are enlisted for 12 months of what is called “national service” by the constitution. A small number of them are university graduates, who are enlisted for six months. A similar number are discharged each year after completing their compulsory service. It is therefore no wonder that anything to do with this service is of interest to millions of people.

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Army of Spin

 

 

 

Following in Putin's footsteps, the Turkish government is gearing up for full-fledged information warfare.

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Albania Used to Cover Mistaken CIA Rendition

 

 

 

The declassified repost of the US’s Senate Intelligence Committee on CIA’s secret detention program reveals that the CIA drew on Albania's services to cover its tracks in the rendition case of a German citizen, Khalid al-Masri.

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Montenegro Secret Service Chief Quits

 

 

 

The National Security Agency, Boro Vucinic, unexpectedly resigned reportedly as a result of EU and NATO pressure.

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Turkey frustrated at European reluctance for deeper defence co-operation

 

 

 

 The A400M is one example of Turkey's willingness to get involved in European defence projects, the country's defence minister noted at the Berlin Security Conference. Source: Airbus.

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Statement of Foreign Ministers on the Readiness Action Plan

 

 

 

2 December 2014, Brussels

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В Вашингтоне не подтвердили данные СМИ о намерении создать с Анкарой "зону безопасности"

 

 

 

США на данном этапе не имеют никаких планов создания вместе с Анкарой на границе Турции и Сирии "зоны безопасности", закрытой для войск правящего в Дамаске режима.

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Montenegro Extends Military Presence in Afghanistan

 

 

 

Over the next two years, Montenegro will also support Afghanistan's military institutions with 1.2 million dollars of aid funding, the government in Podgorica has announced.

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NATO Official Discusses Southern Flank, Mediterranean Dialogue

 

 

 

Russia's blatant disregard of international norms in Ukraine is just one example of its attempts to reject an international order that promotes democracy, sovereignty and the rule of law, NATO's deputy secretary general said in La Hulpe, Belgium, today.

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Will Turkey stick with Chinese missile defense deal?

 

 

 

After Turkey decided in 2006 to procure a long-range air and anti-missile defense system known as T-Loramids, a long and a hot contest pitched the US PAC-3 Patriot, Russian S-400, French/Italian SAMP/T and Chinese HQ-9 models.

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Turkish Ambassador named next NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan

 

 

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has appointed Ambassador Ismail Aramaz as the next NATO Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) in Afghanistan. He is expected to take up his new post early next year.

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The problem with Turkey's PKK peace process

 

 

 

There is definitely a blockage in the solution process with Kurds. If we are sincere and want the solution process to become a lasting solution to the Kurdish problem that is the "mother of all problems in Turkey," then we have to identify the causes of the delays and face the realities. Here are the realities I think we have to deal with:

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Contentious Kurds

Is Turkey Right to Fear the PKK in Kobani?

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