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Why Turkish military isn't welcome in Syria, Iraq

Turkey appears more like a concerned onlooker than an active participant in Iraq and Syria, as major US and Russian-supported offensives against the Islamic State (IS) continue to gather momentum, and key players jockey to gain spheres of influence in and around Fallujah, Mosul, Manbij and Raqqa once these cities are liberated from IS.

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US guarantees no PYD presence west of Euphrates after ops on ISIL: Turkish FM

The United States has provided guarantees that forces from the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) will not retain a presence west of the Euphrates River after U.S.-backed operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are completed in the region, Turkey has claimed.

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Car bomb kills at least 11 in central Istanbul

A car bomb targeting a police vehicle in Istanbul’s Vezneciler neighborhood during the morning rush hour killed 11 people, seven of whom were police officers, while wounding 36 others on June 7, 2016. 

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Serbia’s Russian Helicopter Deal Kept Confidential

Details of Serbia’s deal with Russia to purchase new Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters cannot be made public yet, the Serbian defence ministry told BIRN.

The Serbian defence ministry told BIRN that it cannot release details of the contract to buy two Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters from Russia because they are still classified.

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Croatia, Tunisia First To Receive U.S. Kiowa Warriors

Croatia and Tunisia are the first nations to receive OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopters retired by theU.S. Army. Tunisia, announced most recently as a recipient, will use the helicopters to battle Islamic extremists, according to the Department of Defense.

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US says it does not consider Gülen movement a terror organization

The U.S. has stated that the country does not consider the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen a terror organization, a position which stands in contrast with the latest decision taken during a Turkish National Security Council (MGK) meeting on the movement.

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Turkey proposes special operation with US in Syria

Turkey has proposed to join the United States in a special operation in Syria only if Kurdish fighters are excluded from the offensive.

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NATO Urged to Strengthen Presence in Balkans

NATO leaders in Tirana welcomed Montenegro's membership, spoke of the need to bring Macedonia closer to the alliance - and called for a robust response to an assertive Russia.

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Bulgarian PM holds special meeting on migrant crossings at Greek border

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov called together senior officials for a special meeting in the south-west Bulgarian town of Blagoevgrad on May 29, 2016 to discuss the situation at the Greek border, against a background of close to 90 people having been caught trying to enter Bulgaria illegally in the past day.

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Turkey no longer interested in buying US drones: Turkish official

A U.S. restriction on the sale of some weapon systems has driven Turkey to develop its own technologies, the head of Turkish defense industry said on May 26, 2016.

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Bulgarian parliamentary committees approve jet fighter, patrol ship projects

The Bulgarian Parliament’s committees on defence and on budget and finance have approved projects worth well more than a billion euro to acquire new jet fighters and two new naval patrol vessels.

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Defence Budgets and Cooperation in Europe: Developments, Trends and Drivers

The changes that have transformed the security landscape in and around Europe since 2014 have been significant. The evidence laid out in Chapter 1 shows that they have had a perceptible effect on European countries’ defence economics and defence budgets for 2015 and 2016.

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Montenegro’s steep road to NATO membership

In a solemn ceremony, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg invited on Thursday (19.05.2016) 27 member states to sign Montenegro’s Protocol of Accession to NATO. From the protocol to membership there is a time period in which a lot good go seriously wrong.

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As NATO Beckons, Ukraine Signs Military Cooperation Plan with Turkey

Ukrainian General Staff said that Ukraine and Turkey have signed on Monday (16.05.2016) a military cooperation plan.

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In Have Turkey-PKK clashes crossed fatal threshold?

In an Aug. 13 (2015) article on the spiraling violence in Turkey, I argued that the shooting down of a Turkish warplane or helicopter by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) with a portable, shoulder-held, surface-to-air missile (MANPADS) would be a critical threshold for escalation. In a Dec. 14 article, I noted that the MANPADS threat had increased and that the PKK could use these systems against aerial targets inside Turkey.

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