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Israel inaugurates 5th nuke-capable sub

Israel inaugurated its fifth nuclear-capable Dolphin-class submarine April 29 in Kiel, Germany, home of the shipbuilding division of Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS). The INS Rahav, the fifth of six Israeli submarines built at the German shipyard with funding assistance from Berlin, is expected to arrive here sometime next year following weapon system integration and sea […]

U.S. Military Intel Spending Falls $2.5B

The U.S. military’s intelligence spending fell $2.5 billion in 2012, continuing its decline as operations in Iraq finished and operations in Afghanistan wind down. In all, Congress appropriated $21.5 billion for the military intelligence program [MIP], according to the Defense Department. The figure includes funding in the base budget and war spending accounts. “The department […]

Free Syrian Army HQ Relocated to Syria

After reports of several Free Syrian Army commencements on the field, alongside an ever increasing death toll of civilians being slaughtered by the Assad regime, the Free Syrian Army has announced that it will be moving its headquarters from Turkey to what it defines as “liberated areas” within Syria. In a video posted on YouTube, […]

US Analyst: Damascus bombing ‘smells of Mossad’

  A former U.S. intelligence analyst said Israeli spy network Mossad could be linked to a fatal bombing that killed top security officials in Damascus on July 18. An unidentified former analyst said “the entire attack smelled of Mossad,” according to Kasım Cindemir of daily Habertürk. Members of the Syrian opposition reportedly claimed Israel played […]

Syria: More Military Officers Desert Assad Regime

The latest defections bring the number of Syrian generals sheltering in Turkey to 22. A total of 43,387 Syrian refugees are now registered as living in the country. The news comes as the Syrian army launches a new offensive against rebel-controlled areas of Damascus. Rebels have already left the central Midan district after coming under […]

Diplomacy on Syria tilts toward Moscow

The epicenter of world diplomacy related to solving the Syrian crisis has begun to shift toward Moscow, as multiple diplomatic visitors converge on the Kremlin, beginning with U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan, followed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The busy schedule of visits can be seen as an extension of last week’s […]

CIA chief holds talks in Ankara on Syria, PKK

The United States’ top intelligence chief paid an unannounced two-day visit to Ankara to discuss deepening instability in Syria and the joint fight against terrorism. David Petraeus, chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), held meetings with top Turkish officials both yesterday and on March 12, the Hürriyet Daily News learned. Petraeus met with Prime […]

‘Turkey in command of newly deployed Predators’ missions’

The US has deployed four Predator drones in Turkey, two of which are already based at İncirlik Air Base in Adana and are used to monitor the PKK’s movements. (Photo: Reuters)

Ankara has claimed it will have sole responsibility for the routes and missions of four US Predator drones deployed to an air base in southeastern Turkey last month to help with efforts to track down and gather intelligence on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists. The drones in Turkey will be operational after those in Iraq […]

MİT and security forces to receive $6 bln extension

The National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and security forces will receive an additional $6 billion for the defense industry support fund provided by the government, which is a serious step toward Turkish intelligence reaching world standards, a high ranked official told Today’s Zaman. Of this amount, $1.5 billion is already included in the support fund, while […]

More pilotless vehicles needed to avert attacks

Bayraktar tries its Çaldıran, a tactical UAV, flying at a maximum altitude of 5,486 meters. DHA photo

Turkey needs to acquire more and smaller unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to prevent large-scale attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) against Turkish military units near the borders with Iraq and Iran, several defense analysts said yesterday.   “Although there is no formal decision taken at this point, this probably will be the decision […]



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