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Turkish Kurds want Ankara to Declare Stance on ISIL

 

 

 

The leadership of the Kurdish rebel group PKK has called on Ankara to 'declare its stance on ISIL.'

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Croatia seeks PzH 2000 purchase

 

 

 

Croatia's plans to purchase 12 PzH 2000 155 mm tracked self-propelled artillery systems received a substantial boost on 14 July 2014 when the Defence Committee of the Croatian Parliament moved to support their acquisition.

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Bulgaria's Defense Min Vows Support for Macedonia's EU, NATO Bids

 

 

 

The defense ministers of Bulgaria and Macedonia have expressed their mutual desire and will for cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.

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Montenegro Earns More from Arms Sales

 

 

 

Latest report on arms trade shows that the value of exports has risen significantly in recent years. 

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Bulgaria-Turkey Border Fence Completed

 

 

 

The Ministry of Defense has announced the building of a fence designed to curb the influx of migrants at Bulgaria's border with Turkey has finished.

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Albanian expert: Turkey waypoint for Balkan jihadists

 

 

 

Ilir Kulla, an Albanian expert on international security, said there are hundreds of people from Kosovo, Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina who have joined the civil war in Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), adding that Turkey is their main transit route.

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Greece to Spend EUR 1B on Army Modernization

 

 

 

Greek Defense Ministry is planning a large-scale modernization of the army which will cost a minimum of EUR 1B.

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Bulgaria under fire over anti-refugee border fence

 

 

 

Overwhelmed by an influx of mostly Syrian immigrants, Bulgaria has taken steps to secure its EU border -- including building a barbed-wire fence -- but now faces criticism from rights groups.

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Turkish army digs in as Islamic State threatens border

The Islamic State (IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), in its bid to control Syria’s border with Turkey, is now attacking Kobani, a town controlled by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), located between Carablus and Tell Abyad, which are under IS control. IS launched its offensive about 10 days ago from Carablus, 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Kobani, by attacking and seizing a string of villages on the route.

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Montenegro MPs Back Closer Ties with NATO

 

 

 

New protocol enhancing cooperation with the alliance gets an easy ride in parliament - although the public remains sceptical.

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Nato puts brakes on enlargement

 

 

 

Nato announced earlier this July that it is shelving plans to welcome any new members during its forthcoming Wales summit.

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Why Moldova Urgently Matters

 

 

 

"Why Moldova Urgently Matters is republished with permission of Stratfor."

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Serbia Urged To Adopt New Security Agency Law

 

 

 

Recent changes to the law governing the Security Intelligence Agency are not enough to solve the many problems the agency is facing, experts say.

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Intelligence Leak Reveals US Surveillance in Balkans

 

 

 

The US gave its National Security Agency the authority to spy on every Balkan country, according to a leaked government document published by the Washington Post.

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Macedonia Tight-Lipped on US Secret Surveillance

 

 

 

Macedonian officials are making no comment about a leak revealing an alleged secret deal to allow the US National Security Agency to tap into its internet data-carrying fibre-optic cables.

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