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Archive for: June, 2011

Israel’s Lieberman to flotilla: give up your plans

Israel’s foreign minister urged would-be participants of the pro-Palestinian flotilla to give up their plans and deliver their aid to UN supervised ports for distribution. Avigdor Lieberman spoke to reporters Thursday after meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, on issues that both men said included the flotilla as well as efforts by Palestinian leaders […]

The economy and Erdogan’s 50 percent

by Murat Yetkin Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was proud yesterday to underline that Turkey was the fastest growing economy of the world (with an 11 percent growth rate) in the first quarter of 2011. This is especially important as Prime Minister George Papandreou of Turkey’s Aegean neighbor, Greece, was struggling in Parliament to pass […]

Syria tank assault kills 11 near Turkish border

Syrian troops shot dead 11 villagers on Wednesday, residents said, as authorities pressed on with a tank-led assault that has driven thousands of refugees across the northwest border with Turkey. The assault on Jabal al-Zawya, a region 35 km (22 miles) south of Turkey that has seen spreading protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, was […]

Pakistan stops US from using air base for drone attacks

Pakistan told the United States to leave a remote desert air base reportedly used as a hub for covert CIA drone attacks, Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar was quoted by state media as saying on Wednesday. His remarks are the latest indication of Pakistan attempting to limit US military role in the country since a clandestine […]

Turkey posts 11% growth in Q1, claims top spot worldwide

With private investments and domestic consumption leading the charge, Turkey claimed the top spot in economic growth worldwide for the first quarter of 2011 with a blistering 11 percent, according to the Turkish Statistics Institute, or TurkStat. At this rate Turkey will surpass $742 billion, its pre-crisis 2008 level of gross domestic product, by the […]

Fighter Jet Engines ‘Stolen from Israeli Base’

Israel’s military police on June 13 opened an inquiry into the theft of airplane parts, a spokeswoman said without confirming press reports that eight fighter jet engines had been stolen. “The military police have opened an inquiry into the matter,” she told AFP without giving further detail or confirming reports of the theft from Tel […]

Russia, Kyrgyzstan in Talks Over Training Base

Russia is in talks with Kyrgyzstan to expand its military presence in the volatile central Asian nation by setting up a training center in the south, the Kyrgyz foreign minister told AFP. “We are discussing the possibility of creating a training base in the south of Kyrgyzstan,” Ruslan Kazakbayev told AFP in an interview conducted […]

Turkey’s options in handling the Syrian crisis

by Hasan Karaahmet As Syria’s Assad regime continues to struggle in containing the widespread uprisings and demonstrations for a more democratic, progressive political system throughout the country, neighboring Turkey is facing an increasingly difficult humanitarian crisis just north of the long border. Last Thursday, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu spoke with his Syrian counterpart, […]

Azerbaijan Warns Armenia with Show of Force

Azerbaijan paraded thousands of soldiers and hundreds of military vehicles through its capital June 26 in a show of force two days after talks failed to resolve a bitter territorial dispute with Armenia. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who has overseen massive increases in defense spending, warned in his speech that he was ready to take […]

Iran to Stage Missile Wargames

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards are to launch military exercises on June 26 with the firing of different range ballistic missiles, the state news agency IRNA reported. The exercises, codenamed Great Prophet-6, are to start on June 26, said a Guards commander, Gen. Ami Ali Hadjizadeh, quoted by IRNA, without specifying how long the maneuvers will […]



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