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Turkey's border security problem

 

 

 

Recently, there has been a marked increase in news and commentary about Turkey’s security shortcomings along its borders with Iraq and Syria. These reports note that in the Syrian case, anyone can freely cross the border with vehicles and goods. 

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Российские десантники прибыли в Сербию на антитеррористические учения

 

 

 

Подразделение Воздушно-десантных войск России прибыло в Сербию для участия в совместном с сербскими военными тактическом антитеррористическом учении, сообщили ТАСС в Минобороны РФ.

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'Liberation Army' Claims it Shelled Macedonian Govt

 

 

 

A mysterious movement calling itself the National Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the recent shelling of the Macedonian government building, which hit the roof and walls.

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Turkey warns of ’massive refugee crisis’ if Aleppo falls

 

 

 

Expressing concern over the intensified campaign against rebels in Aleppo, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey may face a new refugee wave if the city falls into the hands of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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Montenegro, Croatia, Spat Over Adriatic Oil Probes

 

 

 

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has accused Montenegro of claiming a potentially oil and gas rich part of the Adratic that he says belongs to Croatia.

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Splitting gendarmerie from Turkish army: reform or bad timing?

 

 

 

When you enter any gendarmerie post, Turkey’s paramilitary rural police force in 81 provinces and 957 towns, the first slogan on the wall is always Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s words: “The Turkish gendarmerie is an army of law.”

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Montenegro Army to Join EU Mission in Africa

 

 

 

Montenegro has agreed to send several officers to join the new EU peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn Central African Republic.

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Greek-Albanian police operation leads to nine drug arrests

 

 

 

A joint operation by Greek and Albanian authorities has led to the arrest of nine men - four in Greece and five in the neighboring Balkan country - suspected of trafficking drugs on a large scale.

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Turkish military angered by Ankara’s peshmerga move

 

 

 

A group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters, numbering around 200, arrived in Turkey this week together with heavy weapons that will be deployed in the northern Syrian town of Kobani to assist local Kurdish fighters as they try to roll back advances by the Islamic State (IS).

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Bulgaria’s Lesovo border checkpoint was temporary closed Sunday over operation against corruption schemes (ROUNDUP)

 

 

 

On November 1, 2014,  at 11.30 p.m. Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria and the State Agency for National Security (SANS) have launched an operation and an investigation of the activities of customs office employees at the Lesovo border checkpoint over alleged corruption schemes.

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Erdoğan suggests setting up secure zone above 36th parallel

 

 

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reiterated Turkey's calls for the establishment of a secure zone, suggesting that it should cover an area above the 36th parallel.

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Countering Turkish swagger in the Eastern Mediterranean

 

 

 

Holding Turkey to account for its violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is certainly the first step that Greece and Cyprus must take in response to Turkey's growing assertiveness in the Eastern Mediterranean over the past few weeks.

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Report: EU mission in Kosovo passed information to Serbian spies

 

 

 

Kosovo daily Koha Ditore, citing leaked internal documents, reported Friday (31.10.2014) the EU rule of law mission, Eulex, passed confidential information to Serbian intelligence services.

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NATO Secretary General thanks Greece for Allied contributions

 

 

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Greece for its unwavering support to the Alliance during a visit to Athens on Thursday (30 October 2014).

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Erdoğan sees ‘greater mastermind' at work behind PYD's Kobani 'plot'

 President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said there is a “plot within a plot” when it comes to the embattled Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, a plot he said was probably designed by a mind greater than the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the main Syrian Kurdish group that is defending it.

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