The General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces yesterday published a list of forbidden zones in several southeastern provinces of Turkey, effectively sealing off the area along the Iraqi border in a depth of 20 to 30 kilometers. Another restricted … Continue reading
According to the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman, yesterday’s reports by Turkish media that fighter jets from both Israel and Turkey took to the air on Friday over a disputed natural gas field south of Cyprus, are entirely baseless. The Turkish … Continue reading
Ankara, 21 Sept 2011: Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc confirmed yesterday that a Norwegian survey ship is on its way to Turkey to start exploration of potential oil and gas fields in the region. The minister added that his … Continue reading
The Greek and the Cypriot defense ministers have urged Turkey to respect international laws over the row about a possible Greek-Cypriot oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cypriot Dimitris Eliadis met his Greek counterpart Panos Beglitis in Greece yesterday, … Continue reading
The Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin announced yesterday that Turkish forces could cross the border into Iraq at any time to start another series of operations against the insurgents of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The minister continued that … Continue reading
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As reported by the Washington Post on Sunday, the U.S. government is considering a Turkish request for deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) in Turkey for counterinsurgency operations. The UAV in question is the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, … Continue reading
From 1 September 2011 this newsletter service is subscription only. See Balkan News Service for details. Wednesday, 31 August 2011 Politics and others: Bulgaria Bulgaria’s Consumer Protection Commission “Decapitated” after Dismissal of All its Members Bulgaria’s Government Adopts a Memorandum on … Continue reading