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May16

US pulls some staff from Iraq as Iran tensions rise

By: Michael Bowman Source: VOA News CAPITOL HILL — The United States on Wednesday ordered its non-emergency employees to leave Iraq, as American lawmakers worried openly about a potential march to war with Iran. The drawdown of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and America’s consulate in Irbil came as the Trump administration warned of potential threats against American forces in the Middle East from Iran or Iranian-backed proxies. “This threat stream, let me tell you, is real,” said a senior State Department official on Wednesday. “This is an imminent threat to our personnel.” “I’ve seen all the intelligence because I have people on the ground. I...

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Feb17

Turkey to purchase Russian missile system

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Turkey’s president has said his country will proceed with plans to purchase the advanced S-400 air-defense system from Russia despite pressure from the United States to scrap the deal. “We made the S-400 deal with Russia, so it is out of the question for us to turn back,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists in Ankara on February 16. U.S. officials had given NATO-member Turkey an informal deadline of February 15 to respond to a rival U.S. offer to purchase a Patriot missile-defense system for $3.5 billion. Erdogan said Turkey was still open to purchasing the Patriot systems, but Washington has said it would withdraw the offer if Turkey...

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Feb10

Turkey blasts China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims

By: AFP Source: AFP Turkey has condemned China’s treatment of its Muslim ethnic Uighur people as “a great embarrassment for humanity”, adding to rights groups’ recent criticism over mass detentions of the Turkic-speaking minority. “The systematic assimilation policy of Chinese authorities towards Uighur Turks is a great embarrassment for humanity,” Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement. Aksoy also said Turkey had learned of the “tragic” death in custody on Saturday of Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit. “We’ve learned with great sorrow that dignified poet Abdurehim Heyit, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his compositions, died in the...

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