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MAJOR: Syria to Build a Replica of Hagia Sophia With Russia’s Help

DAMASCUS – President of Syria Bashar Al-Assad announced yesterday that he will build a replica of Hagia Sophia, showing his firm opposition to Turkey’s latest decision on converting the Greek Orthodox Cathedral into a mosque. Russia pledges to assist Syria in the construction of the church replica. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reiterated that, unlike […]

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OFFICIAL: USAF Buying Turkey’s F-35

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US Air Force is officially purchasing 8 F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighter jets that were initially intended for Turkey prior to its removal from the Joint Strike Fighter program. In addition to F-35A’s built by Lockheed Martin for Turkey, the $862 million contract modification provides the aerospace manufacturer with an undetermined sum […]

MAJOR: Egypt’s Parliament Approves Military Intervention in Libya

CAIRO – As Cairo demonstrates its readiness to intervene in Libya in response to GNA’s announced offensive on Sirte, how much bluff versus reality do these threats contain? On 18 July, troops from the Fayez al-Sarraj-led Government of National Accord (GNA) set out in the direction of the city of Sirte, located northwest of Libya’s […]

MAJOR: US to Sanction Turkey for Acquiring S-400

WASHINGTON, D.C./ANKARA – Three US congressmen introduced legislation aimed at sanctioning the government of Turkey for purchasing the S-400 air and missile defense system from Russia, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger announced on his website on Friday. “Today, Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul (R-TX) […]

Paris pushes case after Turkish Naval Aggression against French vessel

PARIS – Tensions between France and Turkey are at the highest point seen in several generations, as the two NATO states find themselves on opposing ends of the ongoing conflict in Libya. France’s defense ministry on June 17th accused a Turkish naval vessel of harassing one of its ships in the Mediterranean, saying its ship […]

OFFICIAL: Russia, Turkey Reach Agreement Over Another S-400 Batch

MOSCOW/ANKARA – Jun 10, 2020 – Turkey and Russia have agreed on the delivery of new batteries of the advanced Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems, the head of Turkey’s Defense Industry said.  “The parties have concluded an agreement in principle on the supply of the second batch. The roadmap of the deal includes the transfer […]

REPORT: How S-400 ‘Shot Down’ the F-35

WASHINGTON, D.C./ANKARA – May 16, 2020 – Suspending Turkey from the F-35 program may prevent jet production from continuing at its current pace, a US government report warned, as some Turkish-made parts still need to be sourced from elsewhere. The $428-billion effort to build F-35 fighter jets appears to have suffered another blow, according to […]