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Turkey Seeks Russian Loan to Buy S-400 Systems

Turkey has announced its wish to obtain Russia‚Äôs loan to buy weapons, including S-400 (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) air defense missile systems, Rostec state corporation CEO Sergey Chemezov told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Tuesday. “They have voiced their wish to get a loan, but now the issue has not been solved. The Finance […]

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Turkey’s Korkut SPAAG System Enters Production

Following successful qualification trials of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) Korkut twin 35 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) system a production order for an undisclosed number of systems has been placed with Aselsan. While the qualification trials were carried out with two Korkut twin 35 mm SPAAGs and one command-and-control (C2) system, the TLFC […]

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Rival Groups Race for Control of Syria’s Raqqa

A major battle to liberate the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria is looming, with U.S. officials looking to build on momentum from victories on the battlefields of Mosul in Iraq. The Pentagon has drawn up a secret plan to do that, likely leaning on local allies with stepped-up American support. The […]

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Turkey Says U.S. Not Insisting on Kurdish Role in Raqqa Operation

Turkey’s defense minister said on Thursday the new U.S. administration has a more flexible approach to Syria and is not insisting on the Kurdish YPG militia being involved in the operation to drive Islamic State from its Raqqa stronghold. U.S. support for the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance dominated by the YPG, has caused tensions […]

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Boeing Awarded $12 Million to Provide Harpoon and SLAM-ER Missile Parts to the U.S. Navy, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Others

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $12,399,305 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of spares in support of Harpoon and Stand-Off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) for the Navy (83); and the governments of Saudi Arabia (143), Australia (5,734), Canada (50), Japan (96), Malaysia (17), Turkey (11), India (24), Taiwan (3), and […]

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Erdogan Says End Goal of Turkish Operation in Syria is Raqqa

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday the final goal of a Turkish incursion into Syria was not just to retake the city of al-Bab from Islamic State, but to cleanse a border region including Raqqa of the jihadists. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are pressing a major offensive on al-Bab, 30 km (20 miles) south of the […]

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Russia Halted Syrian Army, Rebel Clash in Northern Syria: Sources

Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in northern Syria, sources on both sides said on Friday, the first confrontation between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area. Islamic State is under attack from separate campaigns in northern Syria by Russian-backed government forces and Turkey-backed […]