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France backpedals on Armenian ‘genocide’

French lawmakers appealed to their country’s highest court yesterday (31 January) to overturn a law that makes it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide. The move raises the possibility that the law, which sparked an angry reaction in Turkey, will be dismissed as […]

Turkey threatens intervention into Iraq

Relations between the Turkish and Iraqi governments have deteriorated sharply. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the head of a Sunni Islam-based religious party, accused his Iraqi counterpart, Nouri al-Maliki, the leader of a Shiite-coalition, of promoting sectarian violence against the Sunni minority in Iraq. Erdogan warned: “Maliki should […]

Boeing wins $3.48 bln missile defense contract

Boeing beat out Lockheed Martin to retain its position as the prime contractor for the U.S. long-range missile shield, the Pentagon said on Dec. 30. The U.S. Defense Department said it was awarding Boeing a $3.48 billion, seven-year contract to develop, test, engineer and manufacture missile defense systems. A team led by Lockheed Martin and […]

Turkey awaits key counterterrorism weapons

The Turkish military is slated to acquire several weapons systems to use against terrorists from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) this year, one senior procurement official said last week. Italy’s AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have been collaborating on building the T-129 attack helicopter, a Turkish version of the company’s A129 Mangusta International. […]

Turkey’s MGK discusses France, Syria

Turkey’s National Security Council (MGK) on Wednesday convened in Ankara for the last meeting of 2011 with an agenda dominated by recent developments in Syria as well as a recent French move to penalize the denial of Armenian allegations. The MGK meeting, chaired by President Abdullah Gül and attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan […]

Turkey urges Belgium to investigate fire that killed Turkish woman

Turkey urged Belgium on Thursday to investigate possible wrongdoings by authorities in a fire that killed a Turkish national and severely injured three others, including two children. The fire took place in a flat in Vilvoorde, near Brussels, on Dec. 25. Tuba Küçüksarı Elçi (26) died after she and her husband, Ramazan Elçi (26), together […]

Turkey’s T-129 attack helicopter prototype P6 maiden flight completes successfully

The first flight, conducted by Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) test pilots, of the T129 “P6” prototype helicopter has timely and successfully been completed at TAI’s facilities in Akıncı, Ankara, the company said today   The ATAK Program was initiated with the aim to meet the Attack/Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLF) […]

Turkey to raise arms expenses to historic high

By Umit Enginsoy Turkey will spend close to $5 billion for defense procurement this year, the highest in the country’s history, a senior procurement official said on the weekend. “Some major spending items have just started or are starting now, including those for the purchase of [around 100] Joint Strike Fighter jet aircraft [JFSs], submarines […]

British parliamentarians warn EU against Turkish membership

A panel of UK lawmakers said it’s concerned about risks to the European Union from organized crime and illegal immigration if Turkey joins because of inadequate security along the country’s borders with Iran, Iraq and Syria. Turkey must demonstrate “clearly and objectively” that it’s met stringent criteria set by the EU for the management of […]

Turkey Defense Minister May Up Prominence of Navy

Turkey’s naval programs are expected to gain prominence after the appointment of a maritime expert as the country’s new defense minister, procurement officials said. There may also be a reshuffle of personnel at the procurement office, excluding the top official, Murad Bayar, as well as a flurry of new procurement rules. But they said the […]



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