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Turkish Minister of Defence and formal general of Turkish Armed Forces

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Hulusi Akar: Turkish Minister of Defence and formal general of Turkish Armed Forces
Hulusi Akar is the current Turkish Minister of Defence and a former four-star Turkish Armed Forces general who served as the 29th Chief of the Turkish General Staff. Akar also served as a brigade commander in various NATO engagements including the International Security Assistance Force against the Taliban insurgency, Operation Deliberate Force during the Bosnian War, the Kosovo Force during the Kosovo War, as well as overseeing much of the Turkish involvement in the Syrian Civil War.

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Turkey reinforces troops in Syria, vows to hit 'radicals' [Video]

Turkey reinforces troops in Syria, vows to hit 'radicals'

Turkey will use force against rebel groups violating a ceasefire in Syria's northwest Idlib region, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Thursday in an apparent response to..

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Turkey says agreed with Russia on details of Idlib ceasefire

Turkey and Russia have agreed on the details of a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib region after four days of talks in Ankara, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday, adding that joint patrols along a..
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Turkey says it has largely agreed Idlib ceasefire details with Russia

Turkish and Russian officials have largely agreed details of a ceasefire deal in Syria's Idlib region, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday, the third day of discussions between the..
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Turkey says Syria talks with Russia positive, constructive - Anadolu

Talks between Turkey and Russia on the implementation of a ceasefire agreement in Syria's Idlib region are "positive, constructive", Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying by the..
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Turkish, Russian defense ministers discussed Syria's Idlib in call: Turkish defense ministry

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu discussed northwest Syria's Idlib region in a phone call, the Turkish defense ministry said on Tuesday.
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Turkey says ceasefire holds in Syria's Idlib, Russia reports some shootings

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday there had been no violations of the ceasefire in Syria's Idlib, as part of an agreement with Russia, while Russia said there have been a few..
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Turkey sees no violations of ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said there had been no violations of the ceasefire in Syria's Idlib, as part of the agreement with Russia, the defense ministry said on Saturday.
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One Turkish soldier killed in Syria's Idlib: defense minister/NTV

One Turkish soldier has been killed in an attack in northwest Syria's Idlib province, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted by broadcaster NTV as telling reporters on Tuesday.
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Turkey kills over 300 Syria regime troops in retaliation to attack

turkey kills over 300 syria regime troops in retaliation to attack
Turkey has reportedly killed at least 309 Syrian regime soldiers and destroyed dozens of military vehicles and defence systems in retaliation for the regime’s offensive which killed 33 Turkish..
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Turkey says discussing with Russia opening Syrian air space for drones: NTV

Turkey and Russia are discussing opening Russian-controlled air space in Syria's Idlib region for armed and unarmed drones, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Thursday, but he..
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Russian, Turkish defense ministers discuss stabilization in Idlib

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has discussed the situation in Syria's Idlib with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar, Russian news agencies reported on Saturday.
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Turkish minister says U.S. may send Patriot systems to Turkey to use in Syria's Idlib

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday that the United States may send Patriot missile systems to Turkey to use for security in the face of the conflict in northwestern Syria's Idlib..
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Turkey will activate Russian S-400 missile systems: minister

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday that Turkey will activate the S-400 missile systems which it has bought from Russia and there should be "no doubt" about this.
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Turkey, Russia discussing use of Syrian air space in Idlib: minister

Turkey and Russia are discussing the use of Syrian air space in the northwestern region of Idlib and the problem can be overcome if Russia "steps aside", Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told..
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Turkey says it will hit groups violating Idlib ceasefire

Turkey will use force against rebel groups violating a ceasefire in Syria's northwest Idlib region, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday, in an apparent response to Russian criticism.
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Turkey to hit 'radicals', others who violate Idlib ceasefire: Anadolu

Turkey will use force against those violating a ceasefire in Syria's northwestern Idlib region including "radical" groups, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday, according to state..
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Turkey says hit 54 targets in Syria's Idlib, 'neutralized' 76 soldiers: Anadolu

Turkish forces hit 54 targets in Syria's northwestern region of Idlib and "neutralized" 76 Syrian government soldiers, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was cited as saying by the state-owned..
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Too early to say Libya ceasefire has collapsed, says Akar

too early to say libya ceasefire has collapsed, says akar
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday it was too early to say that a ceasefire in Libya had collapsed after Khalifa Haftar, commander of eastern Libyan forces, failed to sign a binding..
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Turkey and Russia discuss secure zone in Syria's Idlib: Turkish Defence Minister

Turkey and Russia are discussing the establishment of a secure zone within Syria's northwestern Idlib region where Syrians displaced by fighting can shelter during the winter, Turkish Defence Minister..
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Turkey says will not evacuate posts in Syria's Idlib

It is "out of the question" for Turkey to evacuate its military observation posts in Syria's Idlib, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday, after Russian and Syrian forces intensified their..
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Turkey says it will stand by Libyan government until peace established

Turkey will stand by the internationally recognized government of Libya until peace, stability and security is established in the country, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Sunday, after the two..
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Turkey says left alone to fight terrorism after no agreement at NATO: NTV

NATO allies did not reach agreement at a summit in London this week and Ankara was left alone in the fight against terrorism, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Friday.
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Turkey says talking with Russia over Kurdish YPG in northeast Syria

Turkey is discussing with Russia how to address the continued presence of Kurdish YPG militants in areas covered by an agreement between the two countries, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on..
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Turkey says in talks with Russia about handing over 18 Syrian troops

Turkey is in talks with Russia to hand over 18 people believed to be members of the Syrian government forces, who were captured near the northern Syrian town of Ras Al Ain, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar..
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Turkey says 'largely' reached agreement with Russia in Syria talks

Talks between Turkish and Russian officials on developments in northeast Syria have concluded and the two delegations have "largely" reached an agreement, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was..
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Turkish troops ready to continue Syria offensive if truce deal not implemented: minister

Turkish troops in northern Syria are ready to continue their offensive if a deal with Washington to pause the conflict while Kurdish fighters withdraw is not fully implemented, Defence Minister Hulusi..
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Turkey says Kurdish forces emptied Islamic State prison in northeast Syria

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive, and that the..
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Turkey's preparations for Syria operation continuing: defense minister/NTV

Turkey's preparations and deployments for its planned military offensive in northeastern Syria are continuing, broadcaster NTV cited Defence Minister Hulusi Akar as saying on Wednesday.
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Turkey determined to end Syria 'safe zone' work with U.S. if it stalls: ministry

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told his U.S. counterpart by phone on Thursday that Ankara was determined to end its work with the United States on establishing a "safe zone" in northeast Syria if..
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Turkish-U.S. land patrols in Syria to start on Sept. 8: Anadolu

Joint military land patrols by Turkish and U.S. forces in northeast Syria are planned to start on Sept. 8, state-owned Anadolu news agency quoted Defense Minister Hulusi Akar as saying on Friday.
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Another Russian S-400 battery headed to Turkey beginning Tuesday: Anadolu

Turkey is to accept delivery of a second battery of Russian S-400 missile defenses beginning on Tuesday, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday according to state-owned Anadolu news agency.
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Turkey says Syria safe zone center with U.S. fully operational: Anadolu

A joint Turkish-U.S. operation center to establish and manage a safe zone in northeast Syria is fully operational, Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday according to Anadolu news..
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Turkey, US Launch First Phase Of Syria Safe-Zone Plan As Mass Exodus Continues

turkey, us launch first phase of syria safe-zone plan as mass exodus continues
Turkey and the United States announced an agreement to begin the first phase of establishing a safe zone in northern Syria after months of negotiations over who would control the area on Thursday,..
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Turkey says Syria safe zone centre to start work next week

A joint Turkish-U.S. operation centre to establish and manage a safe zone in northeast Syria will be fully operational next week, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday.
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Turkey to Receive Second Batch of Russia's S-400 Systems in August-September

turkey to receive second batch of russia's s-400 systems in august-september
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkey will receive elements of the second batch of Russia's S-400 air defence systems in August-September, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday. ......
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Turkey, US Agree To Establish Syria Safe Zone Operation Center

turkey, us agree to establish syria safe zone operation center
Turkey and the United States announced on Wednesday the two were establishing a joint operation in center to coordinate and manage a planned safe zone in northern Syria, according to Reuters. The two..
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Turkey says U.S. getting closer to its views on north Syria safe zone

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said the United States is shifting closer to Ankara's views on a proposed safe zone in northeast Syria, and that its plans for a military deployment there are..
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Turkish military chiefs discuss possible offensive in Syria

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar met military officials on Thursday to discuss a possible offensive east of the Euphrates river in Syria as Ankara ramped up warnings of a cross-border operation.
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Turkey mulls possible operation east of Euphrates in Syria

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar met with military officials to discuss a possible operation in northern Syria, the ministry said on Thursday, a day after Ankara warned it would act if a planned..
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Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400s does not change strategic orientation: minister

Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems does not mean a change of the country's strategic orientation, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told his U.S. counterpart by phone on Friday,..
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U.S. and Turkey in close touch on S-400/F-35 dispute: NATO commander

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar are in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defense system, and may meet during NATO meetings in..
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U.S., Turkey remain in dialogue over S-400, F-35 dispute: top NATO general

U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar remain in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defence system, and may meet during NATO meetings in..
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