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June 13, 2010

14 Jun – Turkish aircraft to replace Herons in intelligence gathering. Following Israel’s withdrawal of officers who were training Turkish military officers on Heron unmanned aircraft after a diplomatic crisis with Turkey over the May 31 bloody Israeli attack on an aid flotilla, the Turkish army has decided to use Turkish aircraft in intelligence gathering. [Zaman]

14 Jun – Nigeria. Ex-militant leaders in Bayelsa State have written to the Amnesty Implementation Committee over the growing discontent among its members on the mode of payment of the N65,000 allowances for ex-militants. [Sun]

13 Jun – Egypt to allow Iranian MPs to enter Gaza through Rafah crossing, Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi announced on Sunday. [Mehr]

13 Jun – The Best-Known Afghan Business. The US-led invasion of Afghanistan bred unprecedentedly favorable conditions for the country’s drug business which is presently flourishing in the NATO-controlled oasis. While the Talibs used to ban poppy cultivation, the Western coalition brought unchecked freedom to Afghanistan, the result being that the opium production in the country has grown by a factor of more than 40 over the past decade. Analysis by Elena Pustovoitova. [Fondsk.ru]