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Ankara (TM) – Turkish arms imports fell by 48 percent between 2015 and 2019 compared to the previous five-year period, an annual report released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) showed, according to Daily Sabah. The report said the decrease in imports can be explained by delays in deliveries ofContinue Reading

Washington (TM) – US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has said he needs to speak with his Turkish counterpart to understand how serious President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was when he threatened to shut down Incirlik Airbase, which stores American nuclear warheads, Al Jazeera reported. Erdoğan’s warning on Sunday that he could closeContinue Reading

Washington DC (SCF) – Washington’s official announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from the northeast of Syria has provoked alarm and condemnation at home as well as from Washington’s allies. However, it is easier to understand the actions and aims of the Trump administration when one analyzes events in theContinue Reading

Ankara (TM) – Turkey’s top military brass and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held a security meeting on Thursday and discussed a potential military operation in northeastern Syria, immediately after three days of talks with a US delegation over setting up a safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border. The Anadolu news agencyContinue Reading

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Ankara (TM) – The first shipment of a Russian S-400 air defense system has arrived in Turkey, according to a statement from the Turkish Defense Ministry on Friday, in a development that is likely to prompt action from the US. The ministry said in its statement that “the first group of equipment”Continue Reading

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Tehran (TNA) – Turkey on Wednesday criticized a letter from Washington on Ankara’s eventual removal from the F-35 fighter jet program, saying the language used did not suit the spirit of alliance between the two NATO allies. Writing to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar last week, US acting Secretary ofContinue Reading

Brussels (SCF) – When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created 70 years ago in 1949 it was formed as a blatant military instrument for waging the Cold War, a war that the US, Britain and other European allies had newly embarked on. NATO’s public relations cant about “peace andContinue Reading