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  • Drifting apart

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  • Dutch to withdraw Patriots from Turkey

    The Netherlands is to withdraw its Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air (SAM) missile batteries from Turkey in January 2015, citing strain on personnel and a pending technical modification. The Dutch deployed two of its three Patriot Fire Units from the Defence Ground-Based Air Defence Command (DGBADC),
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    A Ukrainian patrol ship has been sunk in the Azov Sea after coming under artillery fire, the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service (DPSU) announced on 1 September. Two Ukrainian Coast Guard vessels based in Mariupol had been patrolling three miles off the Ukrainian coast near Bezimenne when they

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