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Turkey’s paid military service bill will be ready next week

The government is said to be planning to include men aged over 25 in the paid military law, while the General Staff reportedly favors an older age. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

A long-awaited bill to exempt conscripts from military service in return for payment will be completed by next week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced yesterday. “We are about to conclude work [on the draft]. I believe we will finish it if not this then next week. We will move immediately and hopefully pass […]

Super Cobra helicopter sale to Turkey cleared in US Congress

Photo: Reuters

Congressional approval process for the sale of three AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters to Turkey has completed by Monday.  The Obama administration formally notified the US Congress on Oct. 28 of an unusual proposal to take three AH-1W “Super Cobra” attack helicopters from the US Marine Corps inventory and sell them to Turkey. According to […]

Gov’t expects $1.5 bln from military service exemption

University graduates serve either for six months as a private or a year as a second lieutenant and those who do not have a four-year bachelor's degree are obliged to fulfill 15 months of military service in Turkey. (Photo: AA)

Turkey is likely to earn some $1.5 billion when it allows approximately 100,000 male citizens to take advantage of a military service exemption scheme it plans to introduce by the new year, Ministry of Finance sources told Today’s Zaman.  Speaking on condition of anonymity, ministry officials said the government is planning to charge each applicant […]

US Congress approves gunship sale to Turkey

U.S. Congress formally approved the sale to the Turkish Army of three U.S.-made AH-1W attack helicopters from the U.S. Marine Corps inventory. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the Pentagon’s arms-selling body, on Oct. 28 notified Congress of its intention to sell three AH-1W Super Cobra gunships, made by the U.S. Bell Helicopter Textron, to […]

Gunship offer hard to refuse for Seoul

This file photo shows an A-129 helicopter, manufactured by AgustaWestland. The Italian company and Turkey’s TAI offers the T-129, a version developed for the Turkish military, to South Korea. The T-129 has been shortlisted by the Asian party. Hürriyet photo

Turkey’s TAI and Italy’s AgustaWestland have a good chance of winning a bid to jointly produce 30 helicopters for South Korea, an official tells the Daily News A team of Turkish and Italian companies is seeking to win a South Korean contract for 30 attack helicopters worth $1 billion with the group’s T-129 gunship, a […]

Minister: Hunt for PKK in Kazan Valley is over

The Turkish Army launched operations in eight different spots, including the Kazan Valley, after a deadly PKK attack on Oct 19.

Turkish military ends its major operation against the militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party in the Kazan valley on the Iraqi border. ‘The operation in Kazan, launched following the Çukurca attack, has come to an end. But our routine struggle against terrorism is continuing,’ says Defense Minister Yılmaz. The Turkish military has wrapped up […]

Domestic unmanned aerial vehicle to spot PKK in Turkey

The Anka UAVs are expected to be delivered to the TSK in 2012, which is earlier than originally scheduled. The first national unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Anka (Phoenix), is expected to enter service with the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) shortly in operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as part of its test […]

Turkey’s army chief says up to 270 PKK terrorists killed

Turkish security forces killed total of 115 PKK terrorists in the past week in offensives carried out in Çukurca’s Kazan Valley region, which borders Iraq.

Turkey’s Chief of General Staff has said the number of terrorists killed by the Turkish military in a massive offensive launched against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) since August has reached about 270 with Turkish troops killing 15 more terrorists in the Kazan Valley region near the town of Çukurca in Hakkari province on […]

Turkey moves into Iraq near PKK camp

Turkish tanks and armored vehicles crossed into northern Iraq headed in the direction of a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) camp, Turkish security sources said on Monday. The incursion came as cross-border operations continued in the wake of last week’s attack by PKK terrorists that killed 24 Turkish soldiers. The armored column, with hundreds of troops, […]

Three Turkish soldiers dead, six injured in clash with PKK, blast

Three Turkish soldiers were killed while six others injured in clashes with terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and a land mine blast in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari bordering Iraq. Hakkari Governor Muammer Türker told the state-run Anatolia news agency that one Turkish soldier was killed in clashes with the PKK members in […]



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