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Turkey Loses Helicopter in Syria

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12 Feb 2018 (All day)
Turkey Loses Helicopter in Syria
A Turkish military helicopter was shot down by operatives of the Syrian Kurdish YPG faction as it flew a mission over the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Saturday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the crew of the aircraft were killed, adding “These things will happen, we are in a war... We might lose a helicopter, but they’ll pay the price for this.” Turkey lost three other soldiers in ground fighting with Kurdish forces on Saturday, according to an Army statement. In related news, the government of Cyprus accused Turkey on Sunday of blocking work on a natural gas drilling rig in its exclusive economic zone. The rig ship , under contract by Eni of Italy, was blocked from approaching the area it was scheduled to begin exploratory work by Turkish warships on Friday, according to the Cypriot government.

"From our side, our actions reflect the necessity of avoiding anything which could escalate (the situation), without of course overlooking the violation of international law perpetrated by Turkey," Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades told journalists in Nicosia.

Iran Marks Anniversary of Islamic Revolution
Sunday was the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, with hundreds of thousands of supporters of the clerical regime attending rallies across the country. President Hassan Rouhani addressed the rally in Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square, saying among other things that the US and Israel "wanted to create tension in the region... they wanted to divide Iraq, Syria... They wanted to create long-term chaos in Lebanon... but with our help their policies failed."

Egypt Targets Terror Groups in the Sinai
The Egyptian military announced on Sunday that it had carried out a large-scale operation, mostly targeting terror operatives and equipment in the Sinai. According to the announcement, 16 terrorists had been killed and four arrested in the operation, while several arms depots and vehicles were destroyed.

Israel Blesses the World
Researchers at Bar-Ilan University published an article in the prestigious hi-tech journal Nature Communications recently, giving details of their research which promises to vastly increase the speed of quantum information processing in computers. The research has broad applications for a number of emerging technologies. Meanwhile, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev recently unveiled technical advances in hyperspectral photography which would vastly lower the cost of a large variety of commercial and scientific activities.

Israeli Athletes Competing Honorably at Olympics
Israel’s figure skating team finished in a respectable eighth place at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday, with the ice dancing and women’s short programs athletes finishing in 10th and last place respectively. Israelis can now look forward to watching speed skater Vladislav Bykanov compete in the men’s 1,000-meters race on Tuesday.

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