Jul 24

Munich Shooter Planned Attack For A Year Germany Alleges; May Use Military During Next “Extreme Situation”:

On its second day of investigation into the motives behind David Ali Sonboly shooting spree, the Bavarian crime office provided additional details into his motives after searching the Munich shooter’s home, and said that it found materials consistent with the theory that he had been planning the attack for a whole year prior to the act. Police also say a manifesto was left at the site of the shooting.

Bavarian investigator Robert Heimberger said the 18-year-old shooter visited the site of a previous school shooting in the German town of Winnenden and took photographs. In what will likely be an early pivot to blaming video game violence, he said the shooter was an avid player of first-person shooter video games, including “Counter-Strike: Source.” Thomas Steinkraus-Koch, spokesman for Munich prosecutors’ office said there is still no evidence of any political motivation to the crime, nor that the shooter killed specific victims. Continue reading »

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Jul 24

And finally a logical reason why China built all those ghost cities.


John Moore: Top Special Forces soldier says Planet X / Nibiru is coming:

From video description:

John Moore first fought terrorism in 1967. He is still fighting it today. Walking patrol in Vietnam, at night, alone, he searched for terrorist booby traps. He searched for terrorist bombs in his jeep and saw what happened to those who did not find them.

J.R. flew 57 combat missions (as a crew member) over Vietnam and Cambodia, many of those being hit by enemy gunfire. John went on to join the Green Berets at Fort Bragg where he trained to invade the Middle East. He also did classified studies of Middle-East terrorists for the Special Forces.

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Jul 24

Is it a boat? Is it a plane? China builds world’s largest amphibious aircraft (VIDEOS):

After seven years of construction China has unveiled the AG600, one of the world’s largest amphibious aircraft.

Half boat and half airplane, the craft can take off at a staggering weight of 53 tonnes and can pick up 12 tonnes of water in an impressive 20 seconds.

Intended for marine missions and fighting forest fires, the AG600 was unveiled in Zhuhai in the southern Guangdong province on July 23. The plane – which can take off from land or water – is seen as an aviation “milestone” for the country, according to Xinhua News. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

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…Meanwhile, All Hell Has Broken Loose in the South China Sea:

The failed Turkish coup. The Nice attack. The RNC and DNC. There is no shortage of headline-grabbing news stories to keep you occupied during this summer of rage.

But while your attention is elsewhere, huge moves are afoot in the Asia-Pacific. Specifically, those moves are afoot in the South China Sea, where the Permanent Court of Arbitration handed down a long-awaited ruling last week in favor of the Philippines in their long-running dispute over territorial waters with China. The court, operating under the arbitration provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, ruled that China does not have “historical rights” to the waters in question and that their reclamation activity in the area has already caused irreparable environmental damage and should stop immediately. China promptly rejected the ruling exactly as they said they would. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

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The War In Afghanistan is a Good Thing – If You’re A Heroin Dealer:

(MINTPRESSThe “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror” are more intertwined than that media and our elected officials would like us to think.

And this became full front and center when the U.S.-led global crusades overlapped in Afghanistan, leaving in their wake a legacy of death, addiction and government corruption tainting Afghan and American soil.

In the U.S., the War in Afghanistan is among the major contributing factors to the country’s devastating heroin epidemic. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

Here’s the Presidential Candidate the Troops Are Supporting in 2016:

Popular online military personality, Doctrine Man, conducted a poll among troops to determine which presidential candidate they support most — and the results are nothing short of remarkable.

Instead of pledging allegiance to the candidate with the most experience sending troops to war, Doctrine Man’s poll showed that Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate — whose “skeptic” foreign policy outlook makes him favor nonintervention over other more popular approaches — is the number one candidate of the active soldier.

The survey, which was not a scientific poll and lacked a margin of error, found Johnson had 38.7 percent of the votes while the Republican nominee Donald Trump earned 30.9 percent. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton got 14.1 percent, The Hill summarized. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

Tax Dollars at Work: US “Accidentally” Killing Entire Families in Northern Syria:

The US-backed offensive in and around Manbij has been going on for two months, with only a part of the city and surrounding area ever captured. The failing offensive on the ground is being overshadowed however, by the US air campaign.

That’s because US airstrikes in and around Manbij have been killing a lot of civilians, and a Tuesday morning salvo against some nearby villages was the worst of all, killing entire families that the US said they “mistook for ISIS fighters.” 56 were reported killed at the time, but ensuing reports suggest that as many as 212 may have died. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

$13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Struggles with Air Operations, Can’t Defend Itself, Systems ‘Likely Require Redesigning’:

Well, the good news is that $13 billion looks like pocket lint compared to the cost of the F-35 catastrophe.

Have a nice day.

Via: Bloomberg:

The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier isn’t ready for warfare.

The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford — the most expensive warship ever built — may struggle to launch and recover aircraft, mount a defense and move munitions, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester. On-board systems for those tasks have poor or unknown reliability issues, according to a June 28 memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

“These four systems affect major areas of flight operations,” Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, wrote Pentagon and Navy weapons buyers Frank Kendall and Sean Stackley. “Unless these issues are resolved, which would likely require redesigning” of the aircraft launch and recovery systems “they will significantly limit the CVN-78’s ability to conduct combat operations,” Gilmore wrote, using a technical name for the carrier. Continue reading »

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Jul 22

The Encirclement of China is Well Underway: France Prepares to Lead EU Missions in the South China Sea:

The naval encirclement of China is well underway. It was started over a decade ago by the United States with the re-militarization of Japan and the tightening of Washington’s military partnerships with countries like Australia and South Korea. The same is true about the missile shield being erected in South Korea, which targets China, Russia, and North Korea.

The excerpts that will follow are taken from a 14 July 2016 article written by Yo-Jung Chen, a Japanese-educated naturalized French diplomat that immigrated to France from Taiwan. The retired French diplomat wrote the article in The Diplomat seeking to justify the deployment of the French military into the South China Sea. Coming from a retired French diplomat who was stationed in Asia, the article offers some interesting insights. Aside from his post as the deputy consul of the French Consulate-General in San Francisco, Yo-Jung’s Chinese background helped qualify him as the press attaché for the French Embassy in China and deputy consul at the French Embassy in Singapore.  Continue reading »

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Jul 22

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Deep Underground Military Bases? Sonora, CA Hit by Mysterious Clockwork “BOOMS” Daily for Years & the New Explanation Makes No Sense:

For years now, residents of Sonora, California have been hearing a window-shaking loud and so far officially unexplained BOOM! that always happens between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.

Inquisitr reports that the explanation floating around Sonora from a local geologist/teacher is that an Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nevada, all the way across the state and behind a mountain range which disposes of old munitions like bombs, might be what residents have been hearing. Continue reading »

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Jul 22

US Has Spent $11.5 Million A Day For Past 542 Days Straight In Fight Against ISIS:

After two years of bombing, the U.S. recently marked a horrendous milestone in a war with no clear end in sight.

Vocativ reported that the American-led coalition in the Middle East has now dropped 50,000 bombs in the ongoing campaign against Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group commonly known as ISIS or ISIL in the West) that began in August 2014.

The analysis noted that bombing has increased with time, peaking in June when coalition forces dropped 3,167 bombs on Iraq and Syria.

“By comparison, U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan have dropped just over 16,000 bombs in the last six years, military data shows,” Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, a senior writer for Vocativ, wrote on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jul 22

H/t reader squodgy:

“Where do we focus?
The PTB are setting us all up for a Global conflict which is designed to enable them, the banksters (Rothschilds), to hide themselves in a smokescreen and avoid association with the failed FIAT monetary system they created which is set to collapse due to burgeoning debt they irresponsibly allowed to feed their greed.

They tried to initiate the conflict with the Ukraine, but Vlad dowsed that one, Then they tried Syria with US funded ISIS, and Vlad dowsed that one with a big stick. So now we are looking over the horizon to China.

Will the decoy conflict be the South China Sea?”


Who has Sovereignty in the South China Sea?:

In 1949, Communist troops led by Mao Zedong defeated the Nationalist forces led by Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-shek). The Guomindang (KMT) escaped across the Taiwan Strait to the island of Taiwan. The United States continued to recognize the KMT as the government of all China and pledged the US 7th fleet to the so-called defense of Taiwan. With that policy, the United States effectively intervened in the Chinese civil war with the declared aim to to prevent the reintegration of all China under a Communist government.

In 1979, US president Jimmy Carter transferred recognition from Taipei to Beijing as being the government of China. Economic opportunities and seeking to drive a wedge between China and the USSR were behind “US interests.”

To this day, Taiwan stands as a poignant reminder that military weakness has rendered China unwhole. Continue reading »

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Jul 22

India Moves Nearly One Hundred Tanks, Troops to Chinese Border:

With tensions rising between China and India, New Delhi has deployed nearly 100 tanks to its eastern border.

The mountainous region of Ladakh, in northern India, lies in a tense location between disputed Kashmir and Tibet. In an effort to boost its military presence in the area, the Indian military has sent Russian-made T-72 tanks to Ladakh’s Chinese border.

“The vast flat valleys along the mountain ranges allow for armored movement; besides, there has been an increase in the force levels across the border,” an unnamed military official told NDTV.

The tanks have undergone significant upgrades to be better outfitted for the region’s climate. Continue reading »

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Jul 22

UK nuclear sub collides with merchant vessel off Gibraltar:

One of Britain’s newest Astute-class submarines has docked at Gibraltar after suffering a “glancing collision” with a merchant vessel, the UK Royal Navy announced, emphasizing that the HMS Ambush suffered “absolutely no damage” to her nuclear reactor.

The incident happened at around 1:30pm local time on Wednesday, when HMS Ambush was “submerged and conducting a training exercise” off Gibraltar, the Royal Navy said in a statement. Continue reading »

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Jul 21

Pirate fleet? US Navy sued for $600mn by German tech company over ‘unlicensed software’:

The US Navy has allegedly installed pirated copies of 3D virtual reality software on “hundreds of thousands” of its computers without permission, a German technology company claims. The firm is suing the military for $600 million in unpaid licenses.

Washington has taken a tough stance on software piracy over the past few years, pressing to criminalize copyright infringement and restrict access to copyrighted material. Now, it is the US military facing a $600-million lawsuit over alleged use of pirated software in a massive scale. Continue reading »

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Jul 21

Jul 20, 2016

Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border. The deaths came just a day after US air assaults killed a further 20 people in Manbij.

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Jul 21

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Trump Sparks “Wave Of Alarm” Across Europe After Warning US May Not Help NATO Members:

Having entertained America for the past three days, overnight Donald Trump’s rhetoric crossed the Atlantic and as the FT puts it, “has sparked a wave of alarm across Europe” as well as calls for solidarity from the head of NATO after warning that the US might not come to the defense of an alliance ally under attack from Russia if that country had not fulfilled its obligations to America. Continue reading »

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Jul 21

The engines of the £1 billion Type 45 destroyers fail in warm water
The engines of the £1 billion Type 45 destroyers fail in warm water

Taxpayers to foot bill to fix £1bn warships that break down when water becomes too warm:

TAXPAYERS will foot the bill to fix warships that break down when the water becomes too warm because they are ‘out of warranty’.

Innovative gas turbine engines driving the six £1 billion Type 45 destroyers in the Persian Gulf are known to fail and “degrade catastrophically” in very warm seas.  Continue reading »

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Jul 20

British PM Theresa May

British PM Willing to Nuke Hundreds of Thousands; Parliament Approves Funding:

Insists Not Having Nukes Would Be ‘Gross Irresponsibility’

In one of the first high profile parliamentary debates since she took over the premiership last week, British PM Theresa May today insisted she would have no hesitation in ordering nuclear strikes abroad that would kill hundreds of thousands of civilians.

The somewhat blunt, somewhat genocidal answer appears to have been the right one for the crowd, as it wasn’t long thereafter that parliament agreed to spend upward of $40 billion modernizing their nuclear weapons arsenal. Many analysts have suggested that the $40 billion is a gross underestimate, and the nukes will end up costing far more. Continue reading »

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Jul 20

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TASS reports A large-scale field exercise of the air defense units of Russia’s Eastern Military District. The drills involve more than 3,000 troops and 500 units of equipment, the district spokesman Colonel Alexander Gordeyev told TASS on Wednesday.

Read more:
http://tass.ru/en/defense/887900

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Jul 20

18.07.2016

Sputnik News reports During the offensive launched about a week ago, Syrian government forces aided by Russian military aircraft finally managed to establish control over the Castello Road. Earlier this year the Syrian army also managed to cut off the supply lines between jihadists in Aleppo and the city of Azaz located on the Turkish border, leaving the Castello Road as the last route the rebels could use to resupply their forces in the city.

Read more:
http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201…

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Jul 20

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Decline of Empire: Parallels Between the U.S. and Rome, Part I:

By Doug Casey of Casey Research.

As some of you know, I’m an aficionado of ancient history. I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss what happened to Rome and based on that, what’s likely to happen to the U.S. Spoiler alert: There are some similarities between the U.S. and Rome.

But before continuing, please seat yourself comfortably. This article will necessarily cover exactly those things you’re never supposed to talk about—religion and politics—and do what you’re never supposed to do, namely, bad-mouth the military.

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Jul 20

H/t reader kevin a:

“Rebellious Turkish warships vanish in Black Sea..
14 ships of the Turkish Navy have not returned to their base yet, after a coup d’etat attempt.”

H/t reader squodgy:

“I bet they can’t find any port willing to let them in.”


Rebellious Turkish warships vanish in Black Sea:

14 ships of the Turkish Navy have not returned to their base yet, after a coup d’etat attempt. Friday the ships kept the watch in the Black and Aegean Seas. It is supposed that rebels are on board now and they will try to get to the Greek ports.

The Defence Ministry representative did not comment on lost ships, but he noted that the authorities are looking for the coup adherents, who may try to hijack government helicopters. Continue reading »

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Jul 19

Chinese Military Vice Chairman Urges Troops to Get Ready For Combat: Xinhua:

While it is unclear how much of it is populist bluster, how much is posturing, and how much an actual, objective caution, Bloomberg points out an article by China’s news agency Xingua posted on the website of the Ministry of National Defense, in which Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (which is chaired by Xi Jinping himself) “urges Chinese troops to get prepared for combat by improving planning, equipment and logistical support in order” to be ready to “win the war.”

Bloomberg adds that Fan made the comments in recent inspection tour of China’s Southern Theater Command. The warning comes days after China officially warned the US that its patrols in the South China Sea – which despite last week’s decision by the Hague tribunal – deems as its own, could end in “disaster.”

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Jul 18

Turkish Prosecutors Raid Incirlik Airbase Housing US Warplanes And 50 Nuclear Bombs:

The saga surrounding the Turkish Incirlik air base, which is not only the headquarters to the US 39th Air Base Wing but also vaults over 50 B1 nuclear bombs, and is critical to all US missions not only against ISIS but the entire middle east continues. Moments ago, Turkey’s state-run news agency says seven prosecutors, charged with investigating a foiled coup, have entered the Incirlik Air Base.

A Turkish brigadier general at the base has already been detained for his alleged role in Friday’s uprising. Continue reading »

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Jul 18

U.S. Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared for War

U.S. Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared for War: “WWIII At Stake”:

Territorial disputes are a delicate thing… and potentially deadly as well.

That’s why the U.S. is backing up its positions with an ever-increasing presence of warships  in the South China Sea.

China is very touchy about these territories, and unwilling to give up what they perceive as their waters, even as a UN tribunal just denied their claims and strengthened the U.S. hand.

Indeed, the entire situation is combustible and very dangerous.

As James Holbrooks of the Underground Reporter noted: Continue reading »

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Jul 18

John Kerry Threatens Turkey With NATO Expulsion:

“NATO also has a requirement with respect to democracy and NATO will indeed measure very carefully what is happening,” Kerry tells reporters in Brussels after attending a meeting of European Union foreign ministers “My hope is that Turkey is going to move in ways that do respect what they have said to me many times is the bedrock of their country.”

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Jul 18

Israel sends 3 missiles to intercept intruder drone from Syria… unsuccessfully – media:

An unidentified unmanned aircraft violated Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights on Sunday. Neither two Patriot missiles, nor one air-to-air missile fired from an Israeli fighter reportedly managed to take down the mystery UAV that retreated into Syria.

The drone was reportedly spotted by Israeli air defenses as it was approaching Israeli airspace.

“Moments ago two Patriot air defense missiles were fired towards a drone which infiltrated Israeli airspace from Syria,” the military said in a statement on Sunday.

An Israeli fighter jet was scrambled that bolted after the intruder and fired an air-to-air missile at it – also failing to hit the target, which flew back into Syrian airspace it had come from. The drone penetrated four kilometers into Israeli airspace, Haaretz reported. Continue reading »

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Jul 18

FYI.


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Iran gets first missile shipment for S-300 system:

Projectiles indicate Russia is selling a more advanced model to Tehran, Iranian reports say

ed note–keep in mind something as we are all subjected to the obligatory screeching and wailing that will emanate from Mundus Judaicus relative to the arrival of the S-300–

The S-300 is a DEFENSIVE weapon. It is used by nations to shoot down OFFENSIVE weapons such as missiles or attack aircraft that have been arrayed against those nations. It is not used to carry nuclear weapons, biological weapons, chemical weapons, etc. The only reason that another country–such as I$rael–could/would object to Iran (or anyone else) possessing the S-300 is because it makes the business of risk-free aggression on the part of the Jewish state somewhere between difficult and impossible. Iran possessing the S-300 therefore prevents Israel from engaging in the kind of systematic, ritualistic state-sponsored human sacrifice that she perpetually and periodically perpetrates against the defenseless people of Gaza and the West Bank, and it is for this reason that Israel is incensed about Iran’s defensive capabilities.

Furthermore, remember that part of the black magic Israel uses in seducing the West (and others) into supporting the continued existence of the parasitic Zionist entity is the notion that GAAAAAWD wants Israel to exist and that GAAAAAAWD watches over her with a protective eye, ready to strike in an instant anyone who dares look upon his Chosen people with anything other than worshipful, fawning adulation, and therefore, when Israel gets her hind quarters kicked back across the border into her little Judaic shithole by resistance groups such as Hezbollah, it lays wide open the lie that GAAAAAAWD is looking over the well-being of his most favored creation and that she is therefore undefeatable.

Iran gets first missile shipment for S-300 system (Times of Israel)

Iran has received the first batch of missiles for the S-300 missile defense system, the Iranian Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.

The news agency said the missiles indicate that Moscow is supplying Tehran with the advanced S-300 PMU2 system rather than the PMU1, information it said has been kept under wraps.

Russia began delivery of the S-300 missile defense system to Iran in April, according to the Iranian foreign ministry.

The sale of the S-300 system has been reported by both Russia and Iran as imminent since the signing of the nuclear deal last year.

In April, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jaberi Ansari told local media that the delivery of the system had already begun.

“We had already announced that despite several changes in time of delivery, the deal is on its path of implementation. Today I should announce that the first part of these equipment has arrived in Iran and delivery of other parts will continue,” Ansari said, according to the Mehr news agency.

The Russian-made missile defense system is one of the most advanced of its kind in the world, offering long-range protection against both airplanes and missiles.

In 2010 Russia froze a deal to supply the system to Iran, linking the decision to UN sanctions instituted because of Tehran’s nuclear program. Putin lifted the suspension in July 2015, following Iran’s deal with six world powers that curbed its nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

Israel has long sought to block the sale to Iran of the S-300 system, which analysts say could impede a potential Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. Other officials have expressed concern that the systems could reach Syria and Hezbollah, diluting Israel’s regional air supremacy.

The Israeli Air Force has trained for a scenario in which it would have to carry out strikes in Syria or Iran on facilities defended by the Russian-made S-300 air defense system.

In an interview late last year, IAF commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel said the S-300 was a “significant but not insurmountable challenge” for the IAF.

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Jul 17

Suspected mastermind in Turkey coup served as military attaché to Israel:

A main suspect in the failed coup against the Turkish government formerly served as a military attaché to Israel, reports say.

General Akin Öztürk, also the former commander of Turkey’s air force, was arrested on Saturday along with at least five other generals in connection to the failed coup.

From 1998 to 2000, Öztürk served in Turkey’s Tel Aviv embassy and later went on to serve as the air force commander until he stepped down last year. He retained his seat in Turkey’s Supreme Military Council.

Turkey has announced that Öztürk and his alleged partners will be tried over treason charges.

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