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Of the Ottoman Black Seagull

Seagull flies over Bosphorus against the backdrop of the Ottoman-era New mosque in Istanbul

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A seagull flies over Bosphorus against the backdrop of the Ottoman-era New mosque in Istanbul January 2, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: ANIMALS CITYSCAPE)

Turkish soldiers stand guard near their armoured vehicles in an a square pictured in the city of Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey on October 8, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ilyas Akengin)

A Turkish police officer stands guard along a street leading to where a female suicide bomber was killed on January 6, 2015, when she blew herself up in an attack on the police station in the main tourist district of Istanbul (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan walks down the stairs in between soldiers, wearing traditional army uniforms from the Ottoman Empire, as he arrives for a welcoming ceremony for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Ankara January 12, 2015. REUTERS/Adem Altan/Pool (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS)

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan walks down the stairs in between soldiers, wearing traditional army uniforms from the Ottoman Empire, as he arrives for a welcoming ceremony for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Ankara January 12, 2015. REUTERS//Pool (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS)

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan walks down the stairs in between soldiers as he arrives for a welcoming ceremony for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential Palace in Ankara

Turkey's President Erdogan walks down the stairs in between soldiers wearing traditional army uniforms during  Ottoman Empire Presidential Palace in Ankara

    Of the Turkish Kobani Frontlines

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    Local media reports said Twelve Turkish nationalists detained after an attack on U.S. sailors in Istanbul were released on Thursday but could still face charges for causing insult and injury. The group assaulted the three sailors on a crowded street in Istanbul on Wednesday, shouting “Yankee go home”, throwing paint and trying to pull hoods over their heads, in an assault condemned by the United States. The Dogan News Agency said The group, members of the nationalist Turkish Youth Union, were told they faced possible charges of insult, injury and breaching laws on public protests in an Istanbul court before being released by the prosecutor. (WOCHit Screen Capture)

    A Turkish army tank drives at sunset on a hill overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani, outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Turkish army tanks manoeuvre near Turkish Kurds (not pictured) watching the Syrian town of Kobani from atop a hill near the Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province November 18, 2014. Turkish Kurds were watching the fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters in Kobani. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT)

    A Turkish army tank manoeuvres near Turkish Kurds watching over the Syrian town of Kobani from atop a hill near Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT)

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      Of the Turkish Stars Frontlines

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      Turkish army aerobatic demonstration team, known as the Turkish Stars, perform during the 91st anniversary celebrations of the creation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

      A member of the Turkish army aerobatic demonstration team, known as the Turkish Stars, performs during the 91st anniversary celebrations of the creation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

      Members of the Turkish army aerobatic demonstration team, known as the Turkish Stars, perform during the 91st anniversary celebrations of the creation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

      A Turkish military helicopter lands near a staging area where Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are stationed on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the northern Syrian border town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled city.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

      A Turkish military vehicle drives on a hillside backdropped by destroyed buildings in the town of Kobani following airstrikes by the US led coalition, seen from the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

      Turkish army tank takes position near Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeasternTurkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provincee, October 18, 2014. A U.S.-led military coalition has been bombing Islamic State fighters who hold a large swathe of territory in both Iraq and Syria, two countries involved in complex multi-sided civil wars in which nearly every country in the Middle East has a stake.. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (TURKEY – Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT)

      A Turkish soldier walks next to tanks stationed on a hillside overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani on the outskirts of Suruc, Turkey, on the Turkey-Syria border, just across from Kobani, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of Kurds are rallying in Turkish cities in solidarity with the embattled Syrian city of Kobani, which has been under a brutal siege by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

      A Turkish soldier walks by tanks stationed on a hilltop overlooking the Syrian city of Kobani, on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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        Of the Mount Mayon Lunar Tetrad Eclipse

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        The moon glows an orange hue during a total lunar eclipse Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, as seen from Bicutan, Paranaque city, east of Manila, Philippines. Wednesday’s eclipse was the second in a series of four total lunar eclipses that occur in six-month intervals and known as a “lunar tetrad.” (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

        Mayon volcano spews a small amount of white smoke as seen from Legaspi City, Albay province, southeast of Manila on September 16, 2014 (AFP Photo/Charism Sayat)

        RIT. Manila (Philippines), 19/09/2014.- A handout picture released by the Philippines Armed Forces Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) shows an aerial view of flood-affected areas in Central Luzon, Philippines, 20 September 2014. At least seven people were killed and more than 100,000 displaced in floods triggered by a tropical storm Fung-Wong in the Philippines, the national disaster relief agency said. Schools, government offices and the financial markets were shut down in the capital and northern provinces, where the floodwaters reached as high as two metres in some areas. Four of the deaths occurred in Manila, including a two-year-old girl who drowned while her family was preparing to evacuate, and a college student who was electrocuted, the disaster relief agency said. (Inundaciones) EFE/EPA/ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES/HANDOUT

        RIT. Manila (Philippines), 19/09/2014.- A handout picture released by the Philippines Armed Forces Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) shows an aerila view of flood-affected areas in Central Luzon, Philippines, 20 September 2014. At least seven people were killed and more than 100,000 displaced in floods triggered by a tropical storm Fung-Wong in the Philippines, the national disaster relief agency said. Schools, government offices and the financial markets were shut down in the capital and northern provinces, where the floodwaters reached as high as two metres in some areas. Four of the deaths occurred in Manila, including a two-year-old girl who drowned while her family was preparing to evacuate, and a college student who was electrocuted, the disaster relief agency said. (Inundaciones) EFE/EPA/ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES/HANDOUT

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          Of the Turkish Syrian-Kobani-Kurd Frontlines

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          Turkish army tanks take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014. Outgunned Kurdish fighters vowed on Monday not to abandon their increasingly desperate efforts to defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants pressing in from three sides and pounding them with heavy artillery. Despite the heavy fighting, which has seen mortars rain down on residential areas in Kobani and stray fire hit Turkish territory, a Reuters reporter saw around 30 people cross over from Turkey, apparently to help with defence of the town. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)

          A Turkish army tank manoeuvers near Turkish Kurds watching over the Syrian town of Kobani from atop a hill near Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 11, 2014. A senior Kurdish militant has threatened Turkey with a new Kurdish revolt if it sticks with its current policy of non-intervention in the battle for Kobani. Kurdish forces allied to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the People’s Defence Units (YPG), are fighting against Islamic State insurgents attacking Kobani close to the Turkish border. Turkey is reluctant to open its border to allow arms to reach the out-gunned Kurds. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)

          Turkish army tanks manoeuver as Turkish Kurds watch over the Syrian town of Kobani from atop a hill near Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 11, 2014. A senior Kurdish militant has threatened Turkey with a new Kurdish revolt if it sticks with its current policy of non-intervention in the battle for Kobani. Kurdish forces allied to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the People’s Defence Units (YPG), are fighting against Islamic State insurgents attacking Kobani close to the Turkish border. Turkey is reluctant to open its border to allow arms to reach the out-gunned Kurds. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)

          A Turkish army tank takes up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014. Outgunned Kurdish fighters vowed on Monday not to abandon their increasingly desperate efforts to defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants pressing in from three sides and pounding them with heavy artillery. Despite the heavy fighting, which has seen mortars rain down on residential areas in Kobani and stray fire hit Turkish territory, a Reuters reporter saw around 30 people cross over from Turkey, apparently to help with defence of the town. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)

          Turkish soldiers in a a tank hold their position on a hilltop in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking smoke rising from a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The fighting over Kobani has brought Syria’s civil war yet again to Turkey’s doorstep and allies have tried to press Ankara to take a more robust role in the U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

          Turkish soldiers on armored vehicles watch from their positions on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, as smoke rises from a fire caused by a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

          Turkish soldiers in tanks and an armored vehicle hold their positions on a hilltop in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking smoke rising from a fire caused by a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The fighting over Kobani has brought Syria’s civil war yet again to Turkey’s doorstep and allies have tried to press Ankara to take a more robust role in the U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

          Turkish soldiers in tanks and an armoured vehicle hold their positions on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The fighting over Kobani has brought Syria’s civil war yet again to Turkey’s doorstep and allies have tried to press Ankara to take a more robust role in the U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

          Turkish Land Forces Commander General Hulusi Aker and other officers gather around an army tank on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014. Outgunned Kurdish fighters vowed on Monday not to abandon their increasingly desperate efforts to defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants pressing in from three sides and pounding them with heavy artillery. Despite the heavy fighting, which has seen mortars rain down on residential areas in Kobani and stray fire hit Turkish territory, a Reuters reporter saw around 30 people cross over from Turkey, apparently to help with defence of the town. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)Turkish Land Forces Commander General Hulusi Aker and other officers gather around an army tank on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014. Outgunned Kurdish fighters vowed on Monday not to abandon their increasingly desperate efforts to defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants pressing in from three sides and pounding them with heavy artillery. Despite the heavy fighting, which has seen mortars rain down on residential areas in Kobani and stray fire hit Turkish territory, a Reuters reporter saw around 30 people cross over from Turkey, apparently to help with defence of the town. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT POLITICS)

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            Of the Turkish Frontlines

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            Turkish army tanks and armoured personnel carriers take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 29, 2014. Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles took up positions on hills overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday as shelling by Islamic State insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil, a Reuters correspondent said. At least 30 tanks and armoured vehicles, some with their guns pointed towards Syrian territory, were positioned near a Turkish military base just northwest of Kobani. Plumes of smoke rose up as shells hit the eastern and western sides of Kobani and sporadic bursts of machinegun fire rang out. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY)

            Turkish tanks roll to take positions along the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. U.S.-led coalition air raids targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians, activists said Monday.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

            Turkish army tanks take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 29, 2014. Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles took up positions on hills overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday as shelling by Islamic State insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil, a Reuters correspondent said. At least 30 tanks and armoured vehicles, some with their guns pointed towards Syrian territory, were positioned near a Turkish military base just northwest of Kobani. Plumes of smoke rose up as shells hit the eastern and western sides of Kobani and sporadic bursts of machinegun fire rang out. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

            A Turkish army tank takes up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 29, 2014. Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles took up positions on hills overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday as shelling by Islamic State insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil, a Reuters correspondent said. At least 30 tanks and armoured vehicles, some with their guns pointed towards Syrian territory, were positioned near a Turkish military base just northwest of Kobani. Plumes of smoke rose up as shells hit the eastern and western sides of Kobani and sporadic bursts of machinegun fire rang out. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY)

            A Turkish soldier stands next to a tank stationed on a hill top overlooking the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani as thousands of new Syrian refugees from Kobani arrive at the Turkey-Syria border crossing of Yumurtalik near Suruc, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

            Turkish army’s armored vehicles stationed near the fighting positions between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State militants, about 10 kilometers in the west of Kobani in Syria, near Suruc, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

            A Turkish soldier stands on a hill facing a position held by Islamic State (IS) fighters, 10km west of the Syrian city of Ain al-Arab (Kobane) near the Syrian border (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

            A Turkish soldier positions a few hundreds meters from the border line as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

            Turkish soldiers take position near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the Turkish town of Suruc in southeastern Sanliurfa province October 4, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY – Tags: MILITARY POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

            Turkish soldiers position a few hundreds meters from the border line as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State in Kobani in Syria, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

            Turkish soldiers positioned a few hundreds meters from the border line as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State i Kobani in Syria, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

            Turkish soldiers take up positions, a few hundreds meters from the border line, as a fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

            Turkish soldiers take positions, a few hundreds meters from the border line, as a fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

            Turkish soldiers takes up a position, a few hundreds meters from the border line as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State, in Mursitpinar near Suruc, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Turkey’s parliament approved Thursday a motion that gives the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

            Turkish military at the checkpoint as Syrian refugees from Kobani arrive at the Turkey-Syria border crossing of Murstpinar near Suruc, Turkey, late Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against a Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the militants’ advance, activists said.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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              Of the Mount Mayon Eruption

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              SS: the Mayon eruption has not been explosive because there is no water in the lava. this indicated that the magma is not from the deep earth. magma that originates from the deep earth must pass through the plates where it accumulates water which is the cause for explosive eruptions that we have seen from the past of several volcanoes.

              Thousands flee as Mayon spews lava September 18, 2014 Molten lava has accumulated at the top of the 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) volcano’s crater, creating a glow in the night sky that sparked both awe and fear among spectators. “It’s already erupting, but not explosive,” said Renato Solidum, Phivolcs director. “Currently, the activity is just lava coming down. If there is an explosion, all sides of the volcano are threatened.” Volcanologist Ed Laguerta said he saw huge glowing lava fragments and super-hot boulders rolling down from Mayon’s crater late Tuesday from as far as 12 kilometers (7 miles) away. “They are big because they can be seen from afar, and they splinter, so they could be car-sized,” he added.

              Lava cascades flow down the slope of restive Mayon Volcano as seen from Legazpi City, Albay province, Philippines, September 17, 2014. Tens of thousands of people living near the Philippines’ most active volcano began to evacuate after increased activity prompted government scientists to warn of an imminent eruption. Dozens of military trucks were dispatched to pick up the residents in the danger zones around Mayon Volcano in Albay province. An estimated 12,000 families or nearly 60,000 residents are in the danger zones that affect three cities and five towns in Albay province. (EPA/ZALRIAN Z. SAYAT)

              The active Mayon Volcano in the Philippines is forcing some 10,000 people to evacuate their homes after seismologists said it could soon erupt. (BBC News Asia Twitter http://pic.twitter.com/IEgk8AONav http://bbc.in/YNIy5K)

              A farmer walks with his buffalo with the Mayon Volcano in the background in Albay province, Bicol region, south of Manila September 17, 2014. The Philippines has evacuated more than 12,000 people from around the foot of its most active volcano as the crater glows red and authorities warn of a possible eruption. Mount Mayon, known for its near-perfect cone shape in the coconut-growing central Bicol region, has recorded a series of recent quakes and rockfalls, indicating a possible eruption within weeks. REUTERS/Stringer (PHILIPPINES – Tags: DISASTER ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)

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                Of the 2010 Pakistani Shaheen 1 Missle Test

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                Delivery of New F-16s to Pakistan Shows Deepening Relations 07:41 GMT, June 25, 2010 WASHINGTON | The Air Force is set to deliver the first of 18 new F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters to the Pakistani air force in a sign of deepening relations between the United States and Pakistan. Three F-16s are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on June 26, with 15 more to be delivered later this year and next, Air Force Maj. Todd Robbins, the Pakistan country director in the office of the undersecretary of the Air Force for international affairs, said in an interview with American Forces Press Service. The F-16 is a multirole jet fighter sold to 24 countries around the world, according to its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. The 18 being sold to Pakistan are the Block 52 versions of the aircraft, Robbins said, which will give Pakistan new capabilities, including day-night, all-weather and precision-attack capabilities. “They’ve not had [these capabilities] before, so this is a major milestone in the U.S. providing this capability, which older models [of F-16s] don’t have,” he said. “This will enable them to strike terrorists within their borders while helping them to avoid collateral damage. It’s an increase in capabilities that are beneficial to us all.”

                In this handout photo released by Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations, a Pakistan-made Shaheen-1 missile is launched at an undisclosed location in Pakistan on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Pakistan successfully test-fired two ballistic missiles, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, Saturday, the military said. (AP Photo/Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations, HO)

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                  Of the 2009 Swat Offensive Operation

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                  In addition to modernization of Turkish and Jordanian F-16s, TAI will modernize the F-16s that are in the inventory of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and thus become an important, reliable and preferential center of F-16 modernization.  (Handout)

                  Smoke rises from Pakistan’s Lower Dir district where troops launched an offensive against militants April 27, 2009. A radical cleric, acting as the Taliban’s go-between in Pakistan’s restive Swat valley, broke off talks with the government on Monday after a military offensive began in a neighbouring northwest region. Several thousand people began fleeing Lower Dir, residents said, a day after security forces using artillery and helicopter gunships swung into action after being ambushed by the militants. REUTERS/Inam Khan (PAKISTAN CONFLICT POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

                  A Pakistani tank during a military operation against militants in Buner district on May 3. A peace deal in Pakistan appeared close to unravelling Monday as deadly fighting raged between soldiers and militants in the northwest, sparking Taliban threats of fierce resistance. (AFP)

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                    Of the 2004 Turkish Stars

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                    The Turkish Stars, aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force, perform a show during the Victory Day celebrations in Ankara, August 30, 2004. REUTERS/STRINGER

                    The Turkish Stars, aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force, perform a show during the Victory Day celebrations in Ankara, August 30, 2004. REUTERS/STRINGER

                    A Turkish tank guards a military checkpoint near the southeastern city of Bingol on June 14, 2001. The military’s motto in its war against Kurdish rebels is written inside a Turkey map on the hillside: “The homeland can never be divided.” Two years after a Turkish court passed its June 29 death sentence against Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, Turkey is refusing to budge on Kurdish demands to extend cultural rights and the guerrillas are warning that they could begin attacks again.(AP Photo/Str)

                    President Bush meets with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, in the Oval Office of the White House. Bush’s meeting with Turkey’s prime minister highlights a diplomatically sensitive question about the future of Iraq : What should be done about the Kurds? (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

                    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan bows his head as he prays during the funeral ceremony for two police officers in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003. Police officers Huseyin Apaydin and Salih Capkin were killed Thursday when an explosion hit the British consulate. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer)

                    Gen. Ilker Basbug, Turkish deputy chief of staff, left, is flanked by Gen. Metin Yavuz Yalcin, head of the army’s planning, right, as he speaks to the media in Ankara< Turkey Friday. Jan. 16, 2004. Gen. Basbug warned that bloody internal fighting could erupt in Iraq if its political structure was built on a federal system based on ethnicity. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

                    A Turkish army Sikorsky helicopter flies over an M-60 tank during the army’s annual winter war exercise in Sarikamis, eastern Turkey, on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, a week before the country sends its first troops into Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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