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Archive for: December, 2010

414 PKK terrorists dead in 2010: TAF

Turkish security forces neutralized 414 PKK militants in 2010. General Staff’s web-site stated on Friday that “141 terrorists had been killed, while 70 had been captured, and 203 others surrendered in 2010.” Most of the surrendered PKK militants escaped from shelters of PKK in the north of Iraq, and entered Turkey. Accordingly, 16 militants surrendered […]

Turkey signs credit deal for six submarines

A credit agreements were signed for six submarines to be manufactured by naval shipyards in Turkey with assistance from Germany. Turkish Treasury said in a statement on Friday that it signed a credit agreement of $2.18 billion euro with the banks consortium led by Bayerische Landesbank. The credit will be used to finance manufacturing of […]

2010 Problems? None with neighbors, many with allies

Turkey’s increasing ties with the Middle East under the “zero problems with neighbors” motto bore fruit in the region in 2010, while also occasionally sparking problems with the country’s traditional allies: Europe and the United States. “Disagreement in May-June 2010 over the Iran nuclear issue disrupted U.S.-Turkish relations and complicated efforts to negotiate a solution […]

Thousands of German-Turks choosing to return to homeland

Many in Germany have long feared that Turkey’s European Union accession would result in a flood of Turkish workers to Germany, yet recent statistics suggest more and more German-Turks are choosing to return to their ancestors’ homeland. Some 40,000 German-Turks returned to Turkey in 2009, German daily Bild recently reported, covering the story with the […]

ITU, TUBISAD join forces for new digital R&D center

Istanbul Technical University, or İTÜ, and the Turkish Informatics Industry Association, or TÜBİSAD, are preparing to establish a Digital Base of Turkey on the university’s Maslak campus to build ties between the academy and the IT sector. İTÜ’s faculty of computer and informatics will contribute to the project. Along with serving as a local base for […]

Türk Telekom to provide latest technology to industrial zone

Türk Telekom, Turkey’s main fixed-line phone company, was preparing to sign a protocol late Friday with İkitelli Industrial Zone in Istanbul to provide the area with the latest fiber infrastructure and communication technology, according to a press release. Türk Telekom Sales Chairman Celalettin Dinçer said it was hoped that the fiber infrastructure established by the […]

Turkish chopper, air defense selections in 2011

In 2011, Turkey will select the foreign winners of its billion-dollar tenders for both utility helicopters and long-range air and missile defense systems as part of a drive to bolster its defense procurement assets. The Defense Industry Executive, Turkey’s top decision-making body for defense procurement, was widely expected to choose the winner – either Italy […]

Turkey’s New S-70 Seahawk Helicopter Simulator

Turkey’s new S-70 Seahawk helicopter training simulator center was inaugurated by Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul in a ceremony yesterday at the Cengiz Topel Naval Aviation Base of the Turkish Navy. The 2-hour inauguration ceremony also included the undersecretary of defence industries Mr. Bayar,  mayor of Kocaeli Mr. Topaca, Gen. Ozbahadir, Amiral Bilgel, and other officials. S-70 Seahawk simulator center […]

Netanyahu rules out apology to Turks over flotilla

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday ruled out making an apology to Turkey over an Israeli military raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed eight Turks and one American of Turkish descent. “We will not apologize but express our regrets to Turkey,” the Israeli leader said in an interview with private television network Channel […]

Armenia confirms possession of S-300 missiles

Armenia officially acknowledged on Monday that its armed forces are equipped with Russian-made surface-to-air missiles widely regarded as one of the world’s most potent anti-aircraft weapons. The Defense Ministry in Yerevan said Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian visited one of the Armenian army’s anti-aircraft units and “familiarized himself with the work of the state-of-the-art S-300 air-defense […]

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