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Iran blames bad communication and misaligned missiles for the downing of the Ukrainian plane
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Iran blames bad communication and misaligned missiles for the downing of the Ukrainian plane

A report released late Saturday by the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran concluded that a misaligned missile battery, miscommunication between troops and their commanders and the fatal decision to fire without authorization all led to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in January, killing all 176 people on board. The report comes months...

Russia: Lavrov mocks intel on giving bounties to Taliban for killing US troops
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Russia: Lavrov mocks intel on giving bounties to Taliban for killing US troops

Russia’s top diplomat on Friday dismissed U.S. intelligence information alleging that Moscow offered bounties to the Taliban for killing American troops as a product of election year politics in Washington. U.S. intelligence officials said information about Russia’s alleged bounties on the heads of troops in Afghanistan was included in an intelligence brief for President Donald Trump in late...

Cyprus: US military training will not harm ties with Russia and China
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Cyprus: US military training will not harm ties with Russia and China

The U.S. decision to provide education and training to Cyprus’ National Guard will not undermine relations with either Russia or China said on a Friday the internationally recognised government of the island under President Nicos Anastasiades. According to Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides “there’s no question” of disrupting the country’s ties with Russia and that...

State Dept: “Disappointment” for reverting Hagia Sophia to a Mosque
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State Dept: “Disappointment” for reverting Hagia Sophia to a Mosque

The U.S. State Department expressed “disappointment” on Friday that Turkey would revert the 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia, built as an Eastern Roman – or Byzantine – Christian cathedral, to a mosque by July 24. The famous Istanbul landmark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and major tourist destination, has been a secular museum since 1935, when the founder of...

Turkey pushed to sidelines as Greece, Israel expand ties – Analysis
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Turkey pushed to sidelines as Greece, Israel expand ties – Analysis

By Micah Halpern* The author in the following analysis is unfolding the new realities of a changing international diplomatic environment, especially in the currently extremely volatile region of S.E. Mediterranean, considering the deepening bonds between Greece and Israel as one of the best examples. Greece and Israel are advancing a series of mutual defense agreements. Those...

Analysis: Greece must radically change defence doctrine in light of Turkey’s moves
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Analysis: Greece must radically change defence doctrine in light of Turkey’s moves

In the following short analysis written by Kostas Stoupas for news website Capital.gr reposted in Ahval.com the author considers that a fundamental rethinking of Greece’s defence doctrine is imperative as Turkey seeks to obtain a wider influence in the Mediterranean and the Middle East by expanding beyond the borders set by the 1923 Treaty of...

Erdogan hands disputed Hagia Sophia landmark over to Turkey’s state religious body
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Erdogan hands disputed Hagia Sophia landmark over to Turkey’s state religious body

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan handed administrative control of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia to Turkey’s top state religious body on Friday, shortly after the country’s highest administrative court annulled a 1934 decree that converted the disputed landmark from a mosque to a museum. Management of the Hagia Sophia will be given to the Directorate of Religious...

The US is diving into a dark Covid hole – and there’s no plan to get out
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The US is diving into a dark Covid hole – and there’s no plan to get out

As the US plunges into an ever deeper coronavirus morass, setting record new infection rates and the death curve begins to rise again, there’s no prospect of the nightmare ending for months. Delusion dominates an administration that perversely claims the United States is the world leader in beating this modern day plague. There are only contradictions,...