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Turkey cancels visa-free travel for Libyans

Turkey cancels visa-free travel for Libyans

Turkey has cancelled visa-free travel for Libyan nationals, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. The 2009 agreement meant Turkey was one of the few countries Libyans could travel to without a visa. Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç told journalists in Ankara that from Sept. 24 Libyans would need a visa to enter Turkey. He said the […]

Gendarmerie officer arrested in MİT truck case

Gendarmerie officer arrested in MİT truck case

On Thursday, Turkish Gendarmerie officer, who tipped off the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) trucks for allegedly carrying ammunition inside Syria, has been arrested. According to the statement by the public prosecutor of Adana, the noncommissioned officer identified only by the initials H.A. faces charges of “obtaining and revealing information that was supposed to be kept […]

Turkey Approves Controversial Spy Agency Bill

Turkey Approves Controversial Spy Agency Bill

Turkey’s parliament has approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country’s spy agency. It’s the latest in a string of moves critics say is undermining democracy in the country that is a candidate to join the European Union. The bill, approved Thursday, would give Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency the ability to […]

Turkey’s science watchdog under probe over leaked recordings

Turkey’s science watchdog under probe over leaked recordings

The revelations of an alleged telephone conversation between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son allegedly proving their graft has raised questions about the reliability of the country’s scientific watchdog, as it is responsible for providing encrypted telephones for senior state and government officials. “It is very interesting; they even tap the state’s cryptic […]

Turkish PM seeks more control over procurement

Turkish PM seeks more control over procurement

Though embattled by recent corruption scandals, the Turkish government continues to reshape the civilian-military balance in procurement decisions, proposing to extend the terms of commanders it deems “government-friendly.” A draft bill proposed to Parliament Jan. 21 empowers Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to extend the terms of top brass. It states that the terms of […]

Is Ukraine’s Military Splitting in Two?

Is Ukraine’s Military Splitting in Two?

Much has been made about the presence of Russian troops —including what appear to be special forces units— in southern Ukraine. But peace and stability in the region are not threatened only by the actions of foreign troops; they are also threatened by the attitude of the armed forces of Ukraine, whose stance is likely […]

MIT begins probe into ‘foreign links’ of Gezi Park protests

MIT begins probe into ‘foreign links’ of Gezi Park protests

Turkey’s intelligence service has launched a comprehensive investigation to uncover foreign links in the three-week-long Gezi Park protests, upon the government’s instruction. “Different units of MİT [National Intelligence Service] are working on different aspects of this movement. The outcome of this work will be submitted to the government,” a senior security official said. Although the […]

Black Hawk contract signature still not in sight

Black Hawk contract signature still not in sight

Sikorsky is still yet to sign a contract with Turkey for the license-manufacture of 109 T-70i Black Hawk helicopters, more than two years after the airframe was formally selected for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme. In an instructive example of the pitfalls of doing business with a country that wants to maximise its domestic work-share, […]

Defence Innovations from Turkey

Defence Innovations from Turkey

Turkey has a vibrant and increasingly capable defence industry that is determined to boost its export earnings up to $2 billion a year, a goal that the Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters Association says is well within reach. Broadly based and innovative, its products include aircraft, land vehicles, warships, weapon systems ranging from small arms […]

Turkey investigates use of chemicals in Syria

Turkey investigates use of chemicals in Syria

Turkey is testing blood  samples taken from Syrian casualties brought over the border  from fighting in recent days to determine whether they were  victims of a chemical weapons attack, local government and  health officials said on Wednesday. The samples were sent to Turkey’s forensic medicine  institute after several Syrians with breathing difficulties were  brought to […]

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