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National Security Brief: Turkey Deploys Anti-Aircraft Batteries On Syrian Border

By ThinkProgress on June 28, 2012 at 8:46 am

"National Security Brief: Turkey Deploys Anti-Aircraft Batteries On Syrian Border"

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– Turkey said it was stationing anti-aircraft batteries on its border with Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes.

– The Syrian government has reportedly arrested tens of thousands of people over the last 16 months since the uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s government. Activists and lawyers said the arrests have focused on secular activists and men and boys from towns the Syrian army has attacked.

– Reuters reports that a top weapons industry executive said “the Pentagon may have to pay billions of dollars in termination fees and other contract penalties if Congress does not stop $500 billion in automatic defense spending cuts due to take effect on January 2.”

– Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Israeli Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz on Sunday in the highest-level meeting between the sides since peace talks broke down in 2010. A Palestinian official said the talks came “after a request for a meeting from Mofaz.”

– The Financial Times reports that Iranian analysts do not expect economic sanctions to influence leaders in Tehran to halt its nuclear program.

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