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Bashiqa base in northern Iraq will stay: President Erdoğan

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Oct. 15, 2016 that Turkey's presence in the Bashiqa military base in northern Iraq will remain, amid the ongoing row with Baghdad, which has demanded the immediate withdrawal of the Turkish military from the camp. 

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Russia has 'playbook' for covert influence in Eastern Europe: study

Russia has mounted a campaign of covert economic and political measures to manipulate five countries in central and Eastern Europe, discredit the West's liberal democratic model, and undermine trans-Atlantic ties, a report by a private U.S. research group said.

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Macedonia Soldiers Threaten Strike over Low Pay

Amid an ongoing crisis over refugees in the south, Macedonian Army personnel have announced a strike, complaining of low and overdue wages and poor working conditions.

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Coup attempt plan to pound key Turkish state buildings with high-tech device failed, testimony shows

A plan to pound key state buildings in Ankara with help from a laser-designating and rangefinder device (LİMÖS) on the night of the July 15 coup attempt failed when an anti-coup soldier shot dead a pro-coup general who was responsible for the plot.

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Позиция России по вопросам нераспространения и контроля над вооружениями

Выступление директора Департамента по вопросам нераспространения и контроля над вооружениями МИД России, представителя Российской Федерации в Первом комитете 71-й сессии ГА ООН М.И.Ульянова в рамках общеполитической дискуссии, Нью-Йорк, 4 октября 2016 года

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The Atlantic Council report on Turkey

The Atlantic Council released a new report by Aaron Stein on the Islamic State's networks in Turkey. According to the report, many of the jihadist group's management personnel started out working supply routes and recruitment networks into Iraq through Syria during the U.S. occupation.

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US offers Turkey support to set up safe-zone in exchange for halting clashes with YPG: Report

Washington has made an offer to Ankara in which the United States will permit the establishment of a safe zone – something Turkey has been demanding for years – in exchange for Turkey not fighting Syrian Kurdish forces. 

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Syrian Kurds withdraw to east of the Euphrates: Turkish gov’t spokesperson

Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants in the Manbij region were withdrawing east of the Euphrates River, Turkish government spokesperson Numan Kurtulmuş said on Sept. 26, 2016.

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‘Balkan route’ nations turn away from EU solution to refugee crisis

European countries on the route used by more than a million migrants to reach the continent last year agreed on Saturday (24 September 2016) to focus on the more easily achievable ways of preventing another influx than the big issues the EU is divided over, Austria said.

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В ЮВО в текущем году сформируют два артиллерийских дивизиона

МОСКВА, 22 сен, 2016 — РИА Новости. Два артиллерийских соединения создадут в Южном военном округе до конца текущего года, сообщает пресс-служба ЮВО.

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Turkey seeks more military cooperation with US in Syria

Having cleared the Islamic State (IS) from its border with Syria by leading groups of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Turkey is now preparing for the next phase of its Euphrates Shield operation, which involves moving south against the IS stronghold of al-Bab.

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Turkey, Russia agree on joint understanding in resolving regional issues in key military meet

The Turkish and Russian top soldiers held extensive discussions in Ankara on a wide range of issues, including the ongoing turmoil in Syria, in the first top level military-to-military meeting since the two countries resolved a crisis.

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How post-coup purges depleted Turkey's military

In the aftermath of the July 15 abortive coup attempt, four major purges on July 27, July 30, Sept. 2 and Sept. 7 dismissed thousands of officers and noncommissioned officers from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). Since then, speculation has been rife on how these purges haveaffected the TSK’s combat effectiveness and on whether there will be problems filling critical posts.

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Bulgarian deputy interior minister: EC made ‘lightning decision’ on funding aid for border protection

Bulgaria’s deputy interior minister Philip Gounev has described the grant by the European Commission of 160 million euro emerging funding to support border and migration management as a “lightning decision”.

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Turkey-backed rebels could push further south in Syria, Erdogan says

Turkey-backed rebels may extend their zone of control in northern Syria by pushing south and were now focused on heading toward the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday (19.09.2016).

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