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As Europe faces mounting threats, Turkey questions NATO role

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at U.S. Patriot missile system in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. / Reuters

Special to ANKARA — Turkey’s future role in NATO in increasingly uncertain. Officials said Turkey, with the second largest army, would not respond to a NATO decision to double its rapid-response force and form a new unit, Middle East […]

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Greece lurches left, but warming ties with Israel may not be affected

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The election in Greece on Jan. 25, of a radical-left Syriza (an acronym for the Coalition of the Radical Left: Synaspismós Rizospastikís Aristerás) government in Greece will have […]

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Greece replaces Turkey in annual naval exercises with Israel, U.S.

Noble Dina 2014 naval exercise

Special to ATHENS — Greece has hosted a regional naval exercise. On March 25, Greece has hosted Noble Dina 2014 in cooperation with Israel and the United States. The two-week naval exercise, headquartered in the Greek island of Crete, […]

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Greece intercepts ship with 20,000 assault rifles believed headed for Syrian rebels

Hellenic Coast Guard members guard the seized cargo ship Nour M.  /Hellenic Coast Guard photo

Special to ATHENS — Greece has intercepted a weapons ship believed destined to Sunni rebels in Syria. Officials said Hellenic Coast Guard captured a ship with more than 20,000 assault rifles as well as ammunition and explosives. They said […]

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Israel tests long-range air refueling in exercise tied to Iran strike

A Boeing 707 fueling plane fuels three Israeli F-15s.  /Ofer Zidon/Flash90/File

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has completed what officials termed a long-range air combat exercise that included air refueling, an element vital in any attack on Iran. The Israel Defense Forces said several squadrons of U.S.-origin fighter-jets participated […]

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Turkey using its veto power to stop all NATO interaction with Israel

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.  /Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Special to JERUSALEM — Despite a U.S.-arranged reconciliation, Turkey continues to block NATO programs with Israel. Greece’s ambassador to Israel asserted that Ankara has not lifted its ban on military cooperation with Israel. Ambassador Spiros Lampridis said Turkish Prime […]

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Greek military outgunned by Turkey amid deep budget cuts

Greek Military personnel have seen a 37 percent cut in their salaries.  /Getty Images

Special to ATHENS — Greece’s military, hampered by a budget crisis, has been struggling with its rival Turkey. Officials said the Greek military has struggled to maintain operations amid Turkish penetration of Greece’s air space and territorial waters. They […]

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Report: Iran used Russian Su-25s to intercept U.S. Predator drone

Iran Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot.

Special to WASHINGTON — The Iranian Air Force has surprised the U.S. military with the interception of a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that the interception of the U.S. […]

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Europe gets the prize: Sixty years of peace, if not prosperity


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The European Union, the concert of 27 countries ranging from the Bay of Biscay to the Baltics and the Balkans has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Some may smile, others […]

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Athens claims collision with Turkish ship in Aegean Sea occurred in Greek waters

Special to   ATHENS — The coast guards of Greece and Turkey have been thrust into a confrontation by a maritime incident. Officials said vessels from the Greek and Turkish coast guards collided in the Aegean Sea. They said […]

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