On the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep. Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives who have witnessed similar instances of collusion. Source The Washington Post
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday it was important for Turkey to remain part of the NATO security alliance and continue its orientation toward Europe despite current tensions between the two countries. Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar signed a defense agreement with Georgian and Azerbaijani defense chiefs on Oct. 17. Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Taiwan’s government said on Wednesday that it was “absolutely” the right of Taiwan’s 23 million people to decide their future, after Chinese President Xi Jinping said any attempt to separate the island from China would be thwarted. Source: Reuters