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Turkey to Buy Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems Details From China

On Tuesday (28.07.2015), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in China on an official visit. He will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders will discuss the delivery of Chinese-produced ABM systems components to Turkey.

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U.S., Turkey Agree To Create Border Zone Free Of Islamic State

Turkey and the United States have been discussing plans to try to rout Islamic State militants from Syrian territory along the Turkish border, creating a safe haven for thousands of Syrian refugees and cutting off the militant group's main route for getting recruits and supplies.

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Greece impounds military vehicles bound for Libya

A Streit Group Typhoon mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) seized by Greek customs officials in the port of Piraeus. The vehicles were reportedly bound for Libya, in breach of a UN arms embargo against the country. In total 16 vehicles were seized, including eight Typhoons. Source: Greek Public Revenue office

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Turkey Cracks Down on Islamic State Militants

Turkish security forces are engaging in what is being seen as an unprecedented crackdown on the Islamic State militant group – an indication that Ankara's policy towards the Islamic group has changed.

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Is Turkey on the brink of more violence?

The spectacular success of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey’s June 7 general elections gave rise to fresh hopes for peace and the beginning of a new democratization process, but unrest is not giving up without a fight.

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Textron touts Scorpion to Bulgaria in bid to secure first customer

Textron AirLand has demonstrated the capabilities of its Scorpion aircraft to Bulgaria and others, as it looks to secure a first sale of the type during a post-Paris Air Show tour of Europe, the company disclosed in early July (2015).

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A formation of six Turkish fighter jets violated Greek national air space

 

 

 

A formation of six Turkish fighter jets violated Greek national air space in the northeastern, central and southeastern Aegean on Wednesday (15.07.2015), defense officials said.

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Kurdish Groups End Cease-fire With Turkey

 

 

 

An umbrella network of Kurdish organizations that includes the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has announced a three-year-long cease-fire agreement with Ankara is now over, dealing a major blow to a protracted reconciliation process with Turkey's Kurds.

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PKK pledges to respond to Turkey's violation of ceasefire

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has slammed Turkey for breaching a ceasefire with the group, saying it will respond to Ankara's violation.

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Croatia PM Urges NATO to Admit Montenegro

 

 

 

At a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Croatia saw Montenegro’s potential membership of NATO as important for its own security.

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Bulgaria turns away from Russia for future support of MiG-29

 

 

 

Bulgarian defence minister Nikolai Nenchev announced on 6 July that the country's air force will cut its ties with Russia for the maintenance of its Mikoyan MiG-29 aircraft by signing an agreement with Poland to serve as a source for servicing and upgrading of these aircraft.

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US pushes for expanded access to İncirlik, Ankara says close to a deal

Meeting with Turkish officials this week in Ankara, US President Barack Obama's Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Gen. John Allen continued to push for expanded access to İncirlik Air Base, with Turkish officials saying the US and Turkey are close to reaching a deal.

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Kosovo MPs to Vote on Creating Army Soon

 

 

 

Legislative commission says it will advise parliament to vote in favour of amendments forseeing the creation of a regular army, amid continuing concerns that Serb MPs may block the plan.

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NATO Secretary General to visit Croatia

 

 

 

NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will visit Croatia on Thursday, 9 July 2015.

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Kurds' Mules a Concern for Turkey's Government

 

 

 

Turkish armed forces and Kurdish fighters are clashing regularly in low-grade firefights in southeastern Turkey, and soldiers are targeting local mules, which the authorities claim are used by Kurdish fighters for lucrative cross-border smuggling.

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