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U.S. agrees to involve Turkey in coproduction of Aegis missile defense components

The USS Lake Erie launches an SM-3 Block 1B missile during an Aegis missile defense system test on May 15, 2013. / U.S. Navy

Special to ANKARA — Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement for the coproduction of a ballistic missile defense system. Under the deal, a Turkish company would provide components for the Aegis Combat System. The project would […]

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Brain drain: Ousted defense firm executive says researchers fleeing Erdogan’s Turkey

Hasan Palaz.

Special to ANKARA — Researchers at Turkey’s leading defense institute are leaving the country amid government pressure. Scientists at the state-owned Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey said they were resigning following directives by the pro-Islamist government of […]

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Iraq losing billions in oil exports after ISIL captured pipeline

Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iraq has been losing billions of dollars because of a halt in crude oil exports. The Oil Ministry said Baghdad was losing $1.2 billion per month, or 27 percent of projected revenues, amid the suspension […]

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Turkey orders anti-riot vehicles from pro-Erdogan defense contractor

The Toma platform produced by Katmerciler.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey, beset by civil and ethnic unrest, has ordered riot control vehicles from a company close to President Recep Erdogan. Katmerciler Ekipman said it was awarded a contract to supply 65 anti-riot platforms to the […]

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Attack on sailors in Istanbul causes USS Ross to cancel shore leave, exit Turkey

Turkish men move to place a plastic bag over the head of a U.S. sailor in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 12.

Special to ANKARA — The U.S. military presence has come under threat in Turkey, an ally in NATO. The alert was prompted by an attack on three U.S. sailors. Officials said American military personnel have been placed on alert […]

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Turkey sets new rules of engagement in Mediterranean showdown with Israel, Cyprus

Helicopter delivers Turkey's Naval Forces Commander Adm. Bülent Bostanoğlu for a briefing during an exercise.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has been preparing for a naval confrontation with Greece and Israel in the Mediterranean Sea. Officials said the Turkish Navy has been authorized to stop foreign energy exploration and development in the eastern Mediterranean. […]

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Turkey sounds alarm on Syria’s, Hizbullah’s gains in Aleppo

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has warned of a major influx of refugees into Turkey if Aleppo falls.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has warned that the regime of President Bashar Assad could recapture Syria’s second largest city. Officials said the Syrian Army and Hizbullah were making steady progress in their siege of Aleppo. They said the […]

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Turkey’s opposition demands explanation for military interactions with ISIL

Sezgin Tanrikulu.

Special to ANKARA — The opposition has raised the prospect that Turkey’s military was cooperating with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The opposition has accused the Turkish Army of cooperating with ISIL along the border with Syria. The […]

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Turkey frees Al Qaida chief in move said to reflect extremist ties

Halis Bayancuk was released apparently on instructions from the Erdogan government.

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has released a man identified as head of the nation’s Al Qaida network. A Turkish court released leading Islamic insurgency suspects detained in operations against Al Qaida in January 2014. One of them was […]

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Turkey relents, allows some Kurdish forces to defend Kobane


Special to ANKARA — Turkey has allowed Kurdish forces to enter Syria to save a northern enclave from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. On Oct. 29, an 80-vehicle convoy by Kurdistan’s military entered Turkey and hours later reached […]

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