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Continued strikes in Syria draw coalition air power from Iraq

Fierce fighting between Islamic State and Syrian Kurdish forces again battered the Syrian town of Kobani, as coalition forces continue their strikes in support of the Kurds.

Global Hotspots Report – 8/2014

AQAP militants execute 14 soldiers in Hadarmout, amid sectarian fighting in Yeme | Overloaded Iraqi Mi-17 crash on a rescue mission to Sinjar | West provide air support, sending arms, advisors to assist Iraqi Kurds | ISIL regain grip of Deir el-Zor rural area in East Syria | US conducts air strikes against ISIL near Erbil | White House authorise humanitarian support to Iraqi minorities, air strikes targeting ISIS | US missile cruiser enroute to the Black Sea | 40,000 stranded on Sinjar mountain under ISIS death threats | France to speed up arms for Lebanon | Pakistan air strikes hit militants in Datta-khel, North Waziristan | US general killed by Afghan 'insider attack' | Egypt, Algeria align against Libyan extremists | 32 Strike Tunnels Destroyed in Gaza | Lebanon: ISIS Takes the town of Ersal | AQAP jihadists kill 9 Yemeni soldiers | Two Terror attacks rock Jerusalem | Iraqi Air Force to assist Kurds fighting ISIS | 23 Syrians killed by barrel bombs in Idlib

Turkey Delays missile defense decision to August 30

Ankara has again delayed its selection of future missile defense system, extending the deadline for bids until August 30. While the Chinese FD-2000 system was selected as 'best offer', Integration issues with NATO and political pressure from Washington and Europe are making such deal unlikely

Scramble? Quiet! We are sleeping

Recent incursions of civil and military aircraft into neighboring airspace has highlighted the state of alert maintained by different nations, and raised once again the validity of the huge investments countries are spending in acquiring military capabilities, if they do not provide the means to maintain these capabilities at reasonable state of readiness

Turkish Army inducts first T129 recce/attack helicopter unit

The Turkish Land Forces Command has received the first Turkish-built T129 attack helicopter, which inducted the new attack helicopter unit now equipped with nine...

Turkey distancing from missile deal with China

Objections of Western allies and reservations of local subcontractors over potential consequences of association with the blacklisted CPMIEC are distancing the Chinese contractor from the coveted...

Turkey Extends Deadline for European/US Missile Defense Proposals

After selecting the Chinese FD-2000 missile defense system in September of 2013 Ankara back-pedalling this decision, under European and US pressure and re-opened the bid...

Turkey Orders 10 Anka UAVs

The Turkish Under-secretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM) has signed an agreement with local producer Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for 10 ANKA unmanned aerial...

Updated: China’s CPMIEC Selected for Turkish Missile Defense program

HQ9 on display at the Army Day in Beijing
Ankara has selected China's missile developer CPMIEC to deliver the strategic US$3.44 billion missile defense shield for Turkey. China's Precision Machinery Import Export Company...

Syrian Conflict Could Win Ankara a Saudi Order for Altay Main...

Turkey’s defense industry may sell hundreds of new generation Altay battle tanks (video) to Saudi Arabia, as the two countries show a common understanding...

Ankara and the Syrian Buffer Zone

In the wake of the steady disintegration of the Assad regime, Syrian opposition activists reported that several towns, such as Amouda and Qabani in Syria’s Kurdish populated north eastern region had passed in mid-July 2012 without a fight into the hands of a local group called the Free Kurdish Army.

Were the Turkish Phantoms ‘Teasing’ Syrian Air Defenses for NATO’s ELINT...

The Turkish Phantom downed by the Syrians could have performed a ‘teasing’ game, in an attempt to stimulate the Syrian air defenses to activate their fire control radars. Such counteraction would give away critical data that could be used to optimize electronic Turkish or NATO countermeasures in case the alliance decides to involve in the situation and enforce a ‘no fly zone’ over Syria.

Turkey Blocking Israel From NATO Summit

Turkey has vetoed Israel's inclusion in a NATO summit in Chicago until Israel issues a formal apology for an attack on a Turkish ship in 2010.

Turkish Decision Paves the F-35’s Way to Ankara

The Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSİK), meeting at the at the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM) in Ankara cleared the Turkish defense authorities to follow with the planned acquisition of the first two F-35 fighter jets as part of a larger order for the Turkish Air Force.

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