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Turkey to Develop Own Air Defense System

Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said Thursday that his country, in collaboration with France and Italy, is working on joint production of air defense systems, as it seeks to manufacture its own equipment. “Along with [Russian] S-400, we plan a joint [with France and Italy] elaboration of SAMP/T air …

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Conflict around the DPRK is beneficial to the US arms lobby

Deputy head of the international Committee of the Russian State Duma, Alexey Chepa, told RIA Novosti: “The issue of North Korea would not be solved through the pressure on Pyongyang, there is need for diplomatic negotiations, however, it is beneficial for some circles in the United States to …

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Demise of ISIS, new Syrian constitution and future proxy wars

Shehab Al-Makahleh  In light of the fact that ISIS will be wiped out by the end of 2017 in Syria and Iraq – as confirmed by Vladimir Shamanov, former Russian Airborne Force commander and Chairman of the State Duma’s defense committee – the Middle East will enter a …

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Jordan expects Astana talks to lead to the Syrian crisis settlement

(Amman) “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is concerned about the recent developments in Syria especially in southern parts of the country, which is close to Jordan,” a senior Jordanian official told Geostrategic Media. He added that the upcoming Astana conference on Syria will be including Saudi Arabia and …

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Will the Houthis fulfill their word to target UAE with long range missiles?

By Shehab Al-Makahleh Many people were surprised by the unprecedented and violent threats that Abdul Malik al-Houthi, leader of Ansar Allah Al Houthi Movement, directed against the United Arab Emirates when he vowed to launch missile attacks against targets in the UAE and against Saudi oil targets. Abdul …

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Erdogan’s visit to Tehran defines Turkey’s future roadmap

COMMENTARY Turkish president Erdogan will visit Tehran on Wednesday, October 4 to hold bilateral meetings and attend a joint strategic council session. The meeting comes on the heels of Iranian FM visit to Doha, signaling ever closer cooperation and coordination between the three states, and ahead of Saudi …

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Putin in Ankara to forge alliance of Russia, Turkey and Iran

OPINION Shehab Al-Makahleh • Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on September 28, 2017. The two leaders are expected to dovetail their positions over regional issues before Turkish Special Forces get the nod to intervene in Idlib, the last stronghold …

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FSA Released Syrian pilot and 30 SAA soldiers that had been captured in southeastern Syria

On August 31, the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups of Jaysh Ahrar al-Ashayer and Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya released a Syrian pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Ali al-Helw and 30 Syrian soldiers. Al-Helw’s warplane, a Mig-23BN, crashed in the northern Suwayda countryside on August 15. Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya captured the …

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EXCLUSIVE: Jordanian Iraqi border crossing to reopen after Eid Al Adha

By Shehab Al Makahleh, Special to Al Arabiya English | Friday, 25 August 2017 • Jordan and Iraq have agreed to reopen the Turaibil – al-Karamah border crossing shortly after Eid Al Adha. A Jordanian security official has told Al Arabiya English that the Karamah crossing will be opened for …

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