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Greek officials announced on Thursday that a Hellenic Air Force Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet crashed in the Aegean Sea, near the island of Skyros. The pilot, identified by the HAF as 33-year-old Capt. Giorgos Baltadoros, was returning from an aerial policing mission where he intercepted two Turkish Air Force F-16s. secret Turkey Greece
While Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) and the Turkish Red Crescent reach all villages of the region, Turkish soldiers are busily eliminating landmines planted in the region. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, local civilians spoke about security practices at the control points. army Syria

The Turkish army has begun to provide health services to local people in rural areas of Afrin province in northwestern Syria, which was recently cleared of PKK-affiliated terrorists groups in Turkey's Operation Olive Branch. Since the hospitals in the area are not functioning, Turkish soldiers ...
The Turkish government has been mobilizing all state and non-state institutions to pour in humanitarian aid and development projects for the country. Kalın said the military training base is only complementary to Turkey's humanitarian work in Somalia. In a decades-long, failed state where most ...
A Turkish court on Friday sentenced 21 people - including former top military officers - to life in prison over the forced removal of an Islamic-oriented government in 1997. Another 68 defendants were acquitted in the trial against scores of people who were accused of taking part in the campaign that was ... military
The death of a Greek fighter jet pilot on Thursday whose Mirage 2000-5 crashed into the sea north of the central Aegean island of Skyros after returning from a mission to intercept Turkish jets is a grim reminder of the deadly tally incurred by the Hellenic Air Force in the last few decades. According ...

Close encounters between Greek and Turkish aircraft are common in the Aegean, which is flanked by Greece to the west and Turkey to the east, where the traditional foes have engaged in lingering territorial disputes, though such episodes are rare. Air patrols in the Aegean and interceptions of ... Jet Crashes
Turkish military has set up its ninth observation post in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, the military announced on its Twitter account on Saturday. The new observation post is located 88 kms from the Turkey-Syria border, Anadolu Agency reported. It said the 100-vehicle military convoy was on its ...
During peace talks in the Kazakh capital, the three guarantor countries, Turkey, Iran and Russia, had agreed to establish de-escalation zones in Idlib and parts of Aleppo, Latakia and Hama provinces. On Oct. 12, 2017, the Turkish military started to cross into the region to establish observation points to ...
Following his talks with Erdogan, Putin commented on the decision to speed up the delivery of the S-300 systems to Turkey, saying that it was being done "at the request of our Turkish partners and friends." Besides, in Putin's words, there are neither military nor political restrictions for the joint production of ...
Under the previously struck Astana agreement, Turkey is gradually establishing 12 “observation points” from Idlib's north to south. Located in northwestern Syria on the Turkish border, Idlib has faced intense attacks by the Bashar al-Assad regime after a civil war broke out in 2011. Idlib has been outside the ...
U.S. Military Plans to Leave Syria Complicated by Soldiers' Deaths and Threats From Turkey ... Neither the U.S. nor Turkey have directly threatened to attack one another's forces, but Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag warned Friday that those "who enter into cooperation and solidarity against ...
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch with the aim of eliminating YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin. On March 18, the 58th day of the operation, Turkish troops and the FSA members announced that the city had been liberated. Since the operation began, more than 3,800 terrorists who ...
Relations with the Iraqi central government, however, have been frayed by Turkey's continuing presence in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, where the Turkish military has established a base during the fight against the Islamic State. The Turkish government has decided to keep the base in commission for another ...
Parents of the arrested Greek soldiers, at center, arrive at the courthouse in Edirne, Turkey, Monday, March 5, 2018. The lawyers for two Greek soldiers arrested in Turkey have formally requested their release from custody. The two were arrested last week for allegedly entering a Turkish military zone and ... Kurdish militants
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Dozens of pro-Syrian government fighters were killed in an assault by Turkish warplanes on the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin on Saturday, according to a local journalist and a militia spokesman. Fighting has intensified in the region in the past few days, as Turkey has sent ... Kurdish militants

Turkey's offensive against a Kurdish militia in Syria shows the growing expertise of Turkish arms manufacturers. In recent years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought to reduce his country's dependency on imported arms. Erdogan spoke recently about the military operation in the Afrin area ... Kurdish militants
Turkey and the insurgent Free Syrian Army continued to exchange fire with the YPG and pro-Syrian government forces, and the Turkish military bombed a Kurdish convoy it said was full of fighters joining the battle for Afrin. Nevertheless, the YPG and Syrian government claimed the convoy was providing ... Kurdish militants
Turkey's military incursion into Syria against a Kurdish militia has received overwhelming support, according to a new Turkish opinion poll. The poll conducted by A&G found Operation Olive Branch, the name of the military operation, had 90 percent support among the Turkish population. President Recep ... Kurdish militants
A Turkish military helicopter has been shot down in Syria during an operation against US-backed Kurdish forces, according to Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. "One of our helicopters was downed just recently," Erdogan said speaking to members of his AK Party (AKP) in Istanbul. "These things ... Kurdish militants
The visit by Syrian Kurdish representatives to the French presidential palace on Thursday was watched closely by the Turkish government who were anything but happy. A map purportedly showing French military positions in Syria published by Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency on its website Friday ... Kurdish militants
Washington (CNN) Turkey's military incursion against Kurdish groups in Afrin, Syria, has helped bring US-backed ground offensives targeting ISIS to a near halt, multiple US officials tell CNN, putting the military campaign against the terror group at risk, an effort seen as one of the Trump administration's ... Kurdish militants
KHARTOUM, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Turkey on Tuesday denied intention to establish a military base on Sudan's Red Sea island Suakin, which is leased to Turkey for restoration and development. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu said those who raised this issue means to damage the relations ... Kurdish militants
The meeting took up aspects of military cooperation between Jordan and Turkey and efforts aimed at fighting terrorism, the royal court said in a statement. ... On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also visited Amman and met Jordanian King Abdullah II and his Jordanian counterpart, ... Kurdish militants
The meeting took up aspects of military cooperation between Jordan and Turkey and efforts aimed at fighting terrorism, the royal court said in a statement. Akar arrived in Amman earlier Tuesday for talks with Jordanian officials. On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also visited Amman ... Kurdish militants
The announcement raises the prospect of direct clashes between the Syrian regime and Turkey, which alongside rebel allies, moved against the Kurdish-held enclave in northwestern Syria a month ago. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said there would be "no problems" if the Syrian fighters were ... Kurdish militants
A new opinion poll shows strong Turkish public support for Turkey's military campaign in Syria against a Kurdish militia. The A&G polling company questioned Turkish citizens about the campaign. It reported that 90 percent of those asked expressed support for Operation Olive Branch, the name of the ... Kurdish militants
Turkey selected Sikorsky for the utility program in 2011 and signed a preliminary contract in 2014, but the Turkish and U.S. sides had bargained since then over U.S. export licenses for the planned utility helicopter, the T-70 Black Hawk, which will come in two different configurations. The T-70 is the Turkish ... Kurdish militants
The commander of the Turkish armed forces Hulusi Akar said that Turkey has the capability “to conduct military operations in Afrin and the Aegean at the same time,” Akar was quoted as saying by Turkish media. “We are determined to secure the rights and interests of our country that derive from ... Kurdish militants
Sudan has allayed Egyptian fears that the allocation of the historical harbour island of Suakin to Turkey will allow the island to be used as a naval base, Arab News said . Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Ghandour told his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo that “There is no intention to establish a Turkish ... Kurdish militants
The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that a Russian Su-25 warplane crashed in Syria and that the pilot was killed in fighting on the ground. ... A leading international rights group has accused Turkish border guards of shooting at Syrian refugees trying to cross into Turkey and turning back others ... Kurdish militants
According to a statement from the Turkish military, weapons and ammunition belonging to terrorist organizations PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh were ... According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect ... Kurdish militants
This is the line, along the Sajur River valley, that Turkish forces would have to cross if ordered to carry out President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's threat to extinguish Kurdish control in northern Syria, and it is also the line the American military has said it will not give up to Turkey, its NATO ally. The possibility of a ... Kurdish militants
News Brief: Russia Investigation, Turkish Military Strikes ... Trump urges caution as Turkey attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. DAVID GREENE, HOST: President Trump made this surprise appearance in front of reporters last night and during the session he made some promises. STEVE INSKEEP ... Kurdish militants
Sharfan Darwish of the Manbij Military Council - a unit of the YPG Syrian-Kurd militia currently under attack by Turkey in Afrin - said his forces were preparing to confront Turkish soldiers. "We are in full readiness to respond to any attack. Of course our coordination with the international coalition continues ... Kurdish militants
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) – The Turkish Army has deployed to the Ras Al-'Ayn border-crossing in northern Syria, activists in the Al-Hasakah Governorate reported this evening. According to reports from Al-Hasakah, the Turkish Army crowded the border-crossing at Ras Al-'Ayn and began shelling this ... Kurdish militants
He made clear that while the U.S. sympathizes with Turkey's concerns about border security, Washington wants the Turks to minimize their military action inside Syria. The Turkish offensive began Saturday, targeting Kurds in an enclave called Afrin. Turkey says it intends to create a 20-mile deep "secure ... Kurdish militants
Also on Monday, the Afrika newspaper of Northern Cyprus became the target of a mob attack following its headline in which it called the Afrin operation Yet Another Occupation by Turkey. The newspaper's Editor in Chief Şener Levent told Bianet that a group of around 200 to 300 people gathered in front of ... Kurdish militants
Turkey's ground invasion of a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria could be a boon for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Tuesday. Turkey has launched several airstrikes in addition to ground operations starting on Saturday in the area of Afrin, Syria, ... Kurdish militants
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's defense procurement agency has named four local bidders for a critical contract that aims to combine all information systems ... The Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM in its Turkish acronym) says the four are: military software specialists Altay Yazilim, Aydin Yazilim, ... Kurdish militants
Turkey said it launched what it dubbed Operation Olive Branch on Saturday to target "terrorist organizations" including YPG forces. The Turkish Air Force has destroyed 45 targets, including barracks, hideouts, weapon depots and gun positions in strikes on northern Syria's Afrin region, the armed forces said ... Kurdish militants
Turkey said it launched what it dubbed Operation Olive Branch on Saturday to target "terrorist organizations" including YPG forces. The Turkish Air Force has destroyed 45 targets, including barracks, hideouts, weapon depots and gun positions in strikes on northern Syria's Afrin region, the armed forces said ... Kurdish militants
Explosions were heard as jets swooped over Afrin, and Turkish-backed rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) began entering the town, according to Anadolu Agency, Turkey's state-run outlet. Residents and activists also reported airstrikes in the region. The Turkish military said the air force destroyed 108 ... Kurdish militants
Meanwhile, analysts warn the Turkish army could be overstretched. "The Turkish army is in Iraq. in Syria it is in two different places, said Haldun Solmazturk, a former brigadier and veteran of cross-border operations who now heads the Ankara based 21st century Turkey Institute. "It is like a bomb," he added ... Kurdish militants
The province is covered by a de-escalation agreement reached last year between Russia and Iran, who back President Bashar Assad, and Turkey, which ... The official military daily Krasnaya Zvezda said the ministry sent letters to the Turkish military asking it to deploy observers to Idlib to ensure that rebels ... Kurdish militants
Moreover, from Ankara's perspective, the United States is already putting enormous pressure on Turkey. To Turkey, Washington's military support for Syrian Kurdish fighters whose partners are at war with the Turkish Army, for example, makes matters of visa policy seem small. As Turkey's political and ... Kurdish militants
Sudan in Turkish hands." "Turkey's greed on the African continent seems to have no limits," the report noted, referring to Turkey's recent move to set up its biggest overseas military base in Somalia. The Sudanese embassy in Saudi Arabia responded by saying that "Suakin belongs to Sudan, no one else", ... Kurdish militants
A Turkish military convoy came under fire in Idlib today as Russian-backed regime forces pressed on with their offensive to rout al-Qaeda-linked rebel groups from the ... Turkey has used its presence mainly to hem in Afrin, the Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave Ankara has repeatedly threatened to invade. Kurdish militants
7 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish army is preparing to unleash an offensive against the Kurdish-controlled Afreen region in northern Syria, pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV reported on ... Citing sources, the report said 15,000 Turkish soldiers have been amassing in the Kilis area in Turkey to take part in the offensive. Kurdish militants


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