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ISIL eyes Central Asia as next vulnerable frontier

ISIL, which has successfully exploited weak borders is said to be weighing moves into former Soviet states Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Backgrounder, Geostrategy-Direct.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is massing thousands of jihadists on the northern border of Afghanistan for incursions into Central Asia, Russian intelligence officers said. Taliban fighters have also pledged allegiance to […]

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Turkey holds military exercise with Azerbaijan

The opening ceremony of the Azerbaijan-Turkey joint military exercises was held at Garaheybat Training Centre of Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry on July 16.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has been staging a major military exercise with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has already formed what officials acknowledged were strategic ties with Israel, which sold Baku nearly $2 billion worth of unmanned aerial vehicles and other […]

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Militant Islam aligns with Russia abroad, devours its ‘soft underbelly’ at home


Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy Following the prayer in the Moscow Cathedral Mosque, during his visit in February 2010, Hamas leader Khaled Masha’al admitted that in the Council of Muftis of Russia it felt like home. While the statement […]

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Turkey, Azerbaijan reach agreement on natural gas pipeline

The TANAP project envisages the construction of a gas pipeline from Turkey's eastern border to the western border to transport gas from Azerbaijan's offshore Shah Deniz field to Europe through Turkey.

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has reported the imminent launch of a major natural gas pipeline from Central Asia. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan said Turkey has been preparing for the launch of construction of the Azeri-Turkish Trans Anatolia Pipeline […]

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Uzbekistan exits Russia-controlled pact, joining Georgia, Azerbaijan

Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) military maneuvers in Tajikistan.  /ITAR/TASS

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Unhappy with Russia’s dominance of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Uzbekistan on June 28 announced its withdrawal from the Moscow-led regional security alliance. “Uzbekistan has sent the CSTO secretariat a note […]

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New gas pipeline connects Azerbaijan to Europe via Turkey

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.  /BGNES

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey intends to launch a $7 billion natural gas pipeline from Azerbaijan. On June 25, the two countries signed an agreement for the Trans-Anatolian pipeline, meant to transport gas from Central Asia to Europe. Officials […]

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