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  1. Boko Haram gunmen on horseback kill 79 in trio of attacks, locals say (CNN, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/31/africa/nigeria-violence/index.html

    “Boko Haram militants have unleashed another torrent of violence in northeast Nigeria, killing 79 people in three recent attacks there, residents and local militia said.

    In the first and deadliest attack late Friday, gunmen entered the village of Baanu — about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state — and shot dead 68 people.

    The gunmen seemingly shot indiscriminately, spurring survivors to run for their lives into the bush, according to residents and vigilantes, who are local militia assisting the Nigerian military in going after Boko Haram.

    The next attack happened around 2 p.m. (9 a.m. ET) Saturday in Hambagda village in Borno state’s Gwoza district, 80 miles from Maiduguri and a few miles from Boko Haram’s de facto capital.

    Militants, again on horseback, unloaded on worshipers at a mosque — leaving seven dead and five more wounded, locals and militia leaders said.

    Another attack about five hours later in in the village of Karnuwa, which is close to Baanu, resulted in the deaths of the village’s imam, his son and two neighbors….”

  2. Nauru migrant centre ‘unsafe’ for children – senate report (BBC, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-34111019

    “Australia’s government is being urged to remove children from its detention centre on Nauru island in the Pacific. The senate committee report published on Monday found conditions on Nauru were not “appropriate or safe” for detainees. It said allegations of rape and abuse should be investigated and access given to journalists and rights workers. All people who try to get to Australia by boat as refugees are detained in off-shore centres like Nauru. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the report had been “a witch hunt”…”

  3. Migrant crisis: Hundreds arrive at German rail stations (BBC, video, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34111837

    “Hundreds of migrants thought to be from Syria have arrived by rail at German stations after being held for several hours at the Hungarian border. The authorities in Budapest, who are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants, allowed them to board trains heading into western Europe…”

  4. Police Search Premises of Turkish Opposition Business Group (abcnews, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/police-search-premises-turkish-opposition-business-group-33446687

    “Turkey’s state-run news agency says police are searching the premises of a business and media group known to be close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric whom the government accuses of trying to destabilize it.

    The Anadolu Agency said police on Tuesday were searching 23 companies in Ankara linked to Koza Ipek Holding over suspicion of providing financial assistance to the movement led by Fethullah Gulen.

    Koza Ipek Holding owns opposition television stations Bugun TV and Kanal Turk as well as Bugun and Millet newspapers, among other business interests.

    The government accuses the movement of orchestrating a corruption scandal in 2013 with the aim of toppling it. Gulen has rejected the accusation.

    Critics say the police operation on Koza Ipek aims to muzzle opposition media ahead a Nov. 1 election.”

  5. Rioters Rampage Against Residence Law in Northeast India (abcnews, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rioters-rampage-residence-law-northeast-india-33445919

    “Rioters went on a rampage in the northeast Indian state of Manipur overnight, setting fire to the homes of seven lawmakers to protest new legislation defining who can claim to be from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, police said Tuesday.

    One person died while trapped in a burning house on Monday night, and two died when police fired to disperse the arsonists. Police imposed a curfew and deployed paramilitary forces after the violence erupted in C’hurachandpur town 70 kilometers (42 miles) southwest of the state capital of Imphal.

    Lawmaker N. Biren Singh said the law demanding people provide some proof that their families lived in Manipur before 1951 is aimed at keeping “outsiders” including migrants from settling in the state, located between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

    “Those who are protesting may be harboring fears the authorities might now start looking at relevant documents to see if anyone has settled down in the state after 1951,” Singh said.

    The protesters said, however, that setting such a limit excludes many who arrived legitimately after that date or who don’t have proper documents.

    India’s remote northeastern region comprises a patchwork of ethnic and tribal communities who are distributed unevenly across seven states and spilling over into neighboring Myanmar. Tensions have erupted in recent years as many on the Indian side worrying about refugees from Myanmar taking jobs and land.”

  6. Suicide Bomber Attacks Tribal Police in Pakistan, Killing 3 (abcnews, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/suicide-bomber-attacks-tribal-police-pakistan-killing-33445849

    “A government official says a suicide bomber has attacked a vehicle carrying an area commander of the tribal police in northwest Pakistan, killing three people and wounding at least 35.

    The official, Iqbal Khan, says area commander Tehsinullah Khan was among those wounded in the attack Tuesday in the tribal region of Jamrud.

    He says the attacker was on foot and that he blew himself up as Khan’s vehicle came out from the headquarters of the tribal police.

    Jamrud is located about 25 kilometers (15 miles) northwest of Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

    No one claimed responsibility for the blast, but suspicion immediately fell on the Pakistani Taliban and other local militant groups fighting the government.”

  7. Spending cuts threaten 22,000 police jobs and could leave forces with fewest number of offices since the 1970s, say chiefs (dailymail, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3217669/Spending-cuts-threaten-22-000-police-jobs-leave-forces-fewest-number-offices-1970s-say-chiefs.html

    “At least 22,000 police jobs could be lost within five years due to spending cuts, it was claimed last night. Police chiefs’ private estimates suggest budget reductions will leave the public protected by the fewest officers since the 1970s. And the real picture could be even worse, with the gloomy predictions based on the lowest anticipated funding cuts of 25 per cent.

    Chancellor George Osborne warned unprotected departments that cuts would range from 25 to 40 per cent following the July budget. Areas with ring-fenced budgets include the Department for International Development and the NHS.

    But the Home Office, which funds the police, will be expected to make cuts as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review in November. Some 18,000 police officers have already been lost in cuts since 2010, along with a reduction in civilian staff and buildings….”

  8. Hungary Closes Budapest Train Station to Stop Migrant Exodus West (nbcnews, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/europes-border-crisis/hungary-closes-budapest-train-station-stop-migrant-exodus-west-n419296

    “BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungarian authorities are stopping all trains from leaving Budapest’s main train terminal in an effort to prevent migrants from using it to leave for Austria and Germany.

    An announcement over the station’s loudspeakers Tuesday said the measure would be in effect for an undetermined length of time.

    Scuffles broke out earlier in the morning among some of the hundreds of migrants as they pushed toward metal gates at the platform where a train was scheduled to leave for Vienna and Munich, and were blocked by police.

    Several say they spent hundreds of euros for tickets after police told them they would be allowed free passage.

    Police in Vienna say 3,650 migrants arrived from Hungary Monday at the city’s Westbahnhof station. They say most continued on toward Germany.

    On Monday, French and German leaders reminded other European countries of their shared responsibility toward refugees….”

  9. IDF Raid Targeting Hamas Operative in Jenin Sparks Gunbattle, Riot (nbcnews, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/idf-raid-targeting-hamas-operative-jenin-sparks-gunbattle-riot-n419281

    “An Israeli raid to arrest a Palestinian militant sparked a gunbattle that ended with a West Bank home,being bulldozed, officials said.

    The Israeli Defense Forces said clashes broke out during a multiagency operation to arrest a “senior Hamas operative” in the city of Jenin.

    “After repeated calls to surrender himself to the forces, security forces demolished the suspected house in which the wanted terrorist was suspectedly hiding,” the military said in a statement, adding that gunshots were reportedly fired in the vicinity.

    Israeli officials did not name the target. However, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency said Israeli forces had surrounded a house belonging to the Hamas-affiliated Abu al-Hija family. Majdi al-Hija, his brother Alass, his son and other family members were detained, Ma’an reported.

    Israel’s military said that the raid sparked violent rioting, with crowds hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at officers. One border police officer was injured, according to the military….”

  10. Bangkok bomb: Second foreign suspect arrested (BBC, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34114100

    “A second foreign suspect has been arrested in connection with the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine in August, the Thai prime minister has said.

    The male suspect was arrested in Sa Kaeo province, east of Bangkok on the border with Cambodia, Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.

    He described the man as “a main suspect”.

    A foreign man was arrested in Bangkok on Saturday over the blast at Erawan shrine, which killed 20 people.

    Thai military authorities have been interrogating the 28-year-old man, but they have not yet released his name or nationality…”

  11. EU referendum: UKIP to launch own campaign (BBC, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-34110960

    “The UK Independence Party says it will launch its own campaign against staying in the EU instead of joining one of the two existing No campaigns.

    Leader Nigel Farage believes UKIP can mobilise thousands of supporters of exiting the EU at public meetings.

    UKIP, he said, had a “unique role” to play and wanted to “get cracking”.

    The decision highlights splits that emerged after the general election when some in his own party said he was too divisive to lead the No campaign.

    There will be only one official No campaign for the UK’s referendum, with two groups currently vying for the role.

    The Electoral Commission has yet to decide which group to designate as the official No campaign for the referendum, which is set to be held by the end of 2017 on whether the UK should stay in or leave the EU…”

  12. Fake Syrian Passports a Way Out of Africa, Mideast Into Europe (abcnews, Sept 1, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/fake-syrian-passports-war-weary-fleeing-europe/story?id=33450833

    “A number of migrants arriving in Turkey hoping to reach Europe are purchasing fake Syrian passports in order to claim asylum at the end of their journey, the head of the European border management agency Frontex told French radio today.

    “There is a traffic of Syrian passports,” Fabrice Leggeri told Europe 1, “because it’s extremely lucrative for smugglers.”

    Syrian citizens are legally entitled to refugee status in any European country because of the civil war in their country.

    Those using fake passports, Leggeri said, are mainly from North Africa or the Middle East, migrating for economic reasons. But he admitted that authorities do not have a complete picture of those migrating to Europe.

    “We have an idea of nationalities but we don’t have full profiles,” Leggeri said.

    Asked by the radio host whether terrorists could be reaching Europe, Leggeri said “it is not impossible but we are extremely vigilant.”

    Overall, the number of illegal crossings at European borders since January has gone up 175 percent, according to Frontex, reaching an estimate number of 340,000 individuals arriving in the European Union. The number only reflects people who are being registered, Leggeri said, adding that not all migrants are being registered because of the volume.

    About 88,200 of those making their way to the E.U. are Syrians, according to the latest International Organization for Migration figures, which is more than the next four countries of origin put together…”

  13. Somali Militants Overrun Base of African Union Forces (abcnews, Sep 1, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/somali-military-official-islamic-extremists-overrun-african-union-33447232

    “Al-Shabab overran an African Union base in southern Somalia early Tuesday, a Somali military official said, in the latest display of the Islamic extremists’ capacity to hit back amid a prolonged offensive against them.

    The attack in the small farming town of Janale started with a suicide car bombing at the base’s gate, followed by a firefight which lasted more than an hour, said Col. Ahmed Hassan.

    The African Union force in Somalia, known by its acronym as AMISOM, insisted on Twitter that it is still in control of the base.

    However, Hassan told The Associated Press by phone that the militants overran the base after bombing a nearby bridge to prevent troops from escaping.

    Al-Shabab said it killed about 50 AU troops from Uganda at the base. Al-Shabab spokesman Abdiaziz Abu Musab told the group’s online Andalus radio station that the Ugandan contingent of the AU forces was targeted in retaliation over alleged killings by Ugandan troops of six men at a wedding in the nearby Somali port town of Merka in July. He also accused Ugandan troops of raping Somali women…”

  14. Extremists Attack Malian Army Checkpoint, Killing 2 Soldiers (abcnews, Sep 1, 2015)
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/extremists-attack-malian-army-checkpoint-killing-soldiers-33452472

    “A security official in Mali says that suspected Islamic extremists have attacked an army checkpoint in Timbuktu, killing at least two soldiers by slashing their throats.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to journalists, said the attack took place early Tuesday just north of the town where Islamic extremists are active.

    The Malian defense ministry confirmed that the checkpoint was attacked around 3 a.m. and that there were casualties but declined to give additional details.

    Residents said that authorities had made several arrests outside Timbuktu on Tuesday following the attack.

    Timbuktu fell under the control of Islamic extremists in 2012 until a French-led military operation ousted them from power the following year though militants have repeatedly attacked since then.”

  15. European court: Italy failed 3 Tunisian Arab Spring migrants

    PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld the case of three Tunisians expelled from Italy in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring uprising, ruling that the migrants had been subjected to degrading and inhuman treatment during time spent in a detention center, suffered a collective expulsion and could not challenge their forced return home.

    The Strasbourg-based court ordered Italy to pay 10,000 euros ($11,215) in damages to each of them, plus 9,344.50 euros in costs.

    The court said it took into account the overcrowding on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa as Tunisians and others fled their countries — with around 55,300 landings — after the Tunisian revolution that triggered the downfall of dictators in a period referred to as the Arab Spring. Still, it said, there could be no skirting the prohibition against inhuman treatment.

    The court also said the men were not interviewed before expulsion and had no recourse to challenge the expulsions, among a series of breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    The secretary general of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, said that while the events in this case occurred in September 2011, the ruling has resonance today, as migrants arrive en masse in Europe.

    “Today’s judgment … is a timely reminder to all 47 Council of Europe countries that asylum seekers and migrants must be treated as individual human beings with the same basic rights as everyone else,” Jagland said in a statement.

    Among other things, the court upheld the Tunisians’ claim of appalling conditions of hygiene in the reception center where they were placed, with limited water, no doors separating toilets and showers from other rooms and not enough beds — conditions that “diminished their dignity.”

    However, the court found no such problems on two ships moored in Palermo where the men were transferred.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3218184/European-court-Italy-failed-3-Tunisian-Arab-Spring-migrants.html

  16. Greek Coastguard discover ship with weapons and explosives off Crete, local media report that cargo thought to be for Islamic State jihadists –

    ‘Isis’ weapon shipment intercepted by Greek coastguard off Crete

    A weapons cargo possibly headed to Islamic State (Isis) militants in Libya has been seized by the Greek coastguard off Crete. Greek authorities said the shipment was intercepted in a coastguard special unit raid south-east of the Mediterranean island.

    The coastguard said the crew was arrested and the vessel was being taken to the port of Iraklion, Crete’s largest city for a further search and investigation. The foreign-flagged cargo ship was due to arrive there on 2 September.

    Authorities would not immediately release further details about the nationality of the vessel, the crew and the type of weapons that were found on board. The coastguard told IBTimes UK more information about the operation will be released at a later stage.

    Local media however reported the ship was sailing towards Libya when it was stopped, adding it is believed the weapons were intended for an IS local offshoot.

    News website Fleshnews.gr identified the vessel as a Bolivian-flagged cargo ship operated by a mixed Syrian, Egyptian and Indian crew. The report said the ship had left from Turkey and was heading to the Libyan city of Misrata.

    A cargo ship fitting the description and route could be seen stopping south-east of Crete, steering towards the coast before finally making a U-turn, on tracking website MarineTraffic. The Greek coastguard would not confirm the vessel was the same one it has intercepted.

    Misrata is currently controlled by an Islamist coalition that took over the capital, Tripoli, last year, ousting the internationally recognised government and installing a rival administration. The city has recently suffered attacks from IS militants, based in nearby Sirte.

    Libya has been embroiled in fighting since the overthrow of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. All parties of the current three-way conflict, involving the two rival government and IS are subject to a UN arms embargo imposed on the country.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/isis-weapon-shipment-intercepted-by-greek-coastguard-off-crete-1518013

  17. REUTERS – Anti-Muslim Buddhist group moves toward Myanmar’s mainstream

    Swathed in crimson robes, 77-year-old Ashin Tilawkar Biwonsa shuffles through a crowded conference room with the help of an aide, his supporters standing in respect as he takes a seat at the head of a table under a portrait of his own image.

    It is from here, at an unremarkable roadside monastery just outside the city of Yangon, that the abbot is propelling the radical Buddhist group he co-founded into the mainstream of Myanmar’s politics.

    Four bills drafted by his Committee for the Protection of Race and Religion, better known as Ma Ba Tha, have been passed by parliament and signed into law. Critics say the new laws effectively legalize discrimination against women and the country’s minority Muslims.

    Along with political clout, Ma Ba Tha is also ratcheting up its public image ahead of elections in November that will be the first free vote in Myanmar in the last 25 years. The radical Buddhist group has regular programming on one of the country’s most popular satellite TV channels and has launched a magazine.

    “There should be lawmakers in parliament who are reliable for the country,” Ashin Tilawkar Biwonsa said in an interview. “There might be some people, especially Muslims, who are working on weakening Buddhism, so we need strong people for our religion.”

    Ma Ba Tha has shown no signs of contesting elections itself but says it will “remind” the public of candidates who opposed its four laws. These include Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), which is going head to head with conservatives and military figures in the polls.

    Established two years ago, Ma Ba Tha sprang from the “969” movement, a loose collection of monks linked to a wave of violence against the country’s Muslim minority in 2012 and 2013.

    Senior Ma Ba Tha officials said the 969 movement had raised awareness about threats to Buddhism from a burgeoning Muslim population, but was disorganized and lacked leadership.

    “It was (concerned with) only the symbols of Buddhism,” said Ashin Tilawkar Biwonsa.

    Now, a growing number of professionals are offering their expertise on everything from media relations to legislation, helping to shape Ma Ba Tha into a slick organization with popular support and real political clout.

    One such expert is Aye Paing, who spent two decades toiling as a lawyer in Myanmar’s musty courtrooms before finding a dramatic new use for his legal skills.

    Aye Paing and a team of Ma Ba Tha-linked lawyers drafted the protection of race and religion bills, the last of which was signed by President Thein Sein on Monday.

    Lawyers, economists, IT experts and other professionals had made Ma Ba Tha “very efficient, systematic and legal” said Aye Paing, 52, who wears a black “taik pone”, a short collarless jacket worn over a shirt that is common among Myanmar’s legal professionals.

    “We discuss, give advice and share our visions,” he said.

    In another sign of its growing influence, foreign diplomats regularly visit the group’s monastery headquarters.

    One was U.S. ambassador Derek Mitchell, who went there twice in May to discuss “the need for increased interfaith dialogue” and “the importance of keeping religion out of politics”, according to a statement from the U.S. embassy in Yangon.

    Myanmar’s revered and influential monks led many pro-democracy protests during nearly half a century of military rule in the Buddhist-majority nation. But after a quasi-civilian, reformist government took power in 2011, some outspoken monks claimed Islam was eclipsing Buddhism and weakening the country.

    Now, Ashin Tilawkar Biwonsa says Ma Ba Tha has 250 offices nationwide. He couldn’t estimate how many supporters it has, but in June more than 1,500 people attended the group’s annual conference in Yangon.

    Ma Ba Tha recently struck a deal with Myanmar’s popular satellite television provider, SkyNet, to broadcast its sermons.

    The broadcasts would help the public “know the truth” about Ma Ba Tha, said Khine Khine Tun, 25, an articulate former teacher and interpreter who heads the group’s international relations department.

    Through media training courses, she said, she has learnt to speak to visitors with a smile, confounding expectations of the abrasive and sometimes confrontational style for which the group is known.

    The television deal bolsters an information campaign that already includes a bi-monthly magazine with a circulation of 50,000 that contains sermons delivered by Ma Ba Tha monks nationwide.

    RACE AND RELIGION

    In contrast to long-delayed legislation on banking, mining and property, the Ma Ba Tha-backed “race and religion” bills moved swiftly through parliament.

    One bill requires some women to wait at least three years between pregnancies. Another requires Buddhist women to seek official permission before marrying a non-Buddhist man.

    This will stop Muslim men “torturing and forcing (Buddhist women) to change religion,” Ashin Tilawkar Biwonsa said.

    Suu Kyi and her NLD opposed the laws. But government officials and politicians rarely criticize Ma Ba Tha, because they either sympathize with the group’s views or fear upsetting its many supporters during an election year.

    “They are afraid of Ma Ba Tha,” said May Sabi Phyu, the director of the Gender Equality Network, a women’s empowerment group that opposed the bills.

    Any plans to sway voters would be “violating the law,” said NLD spokesman Nyan Win, adding: “It’s the government’s responsibility to control and stop them.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/insight-anti-muslim-buddhist-group-moves-toward-myanmars-042251711.html

  18. Germany: First migrant “repatriation” centre inaugurated in Bavaria

    Bavarian Social Minister Emilia Muller inaugurated Germany’s first reception and repatriation centre for refugees in Ingolstadt on Tuesday, aimed at repatriating migrants and refugees from the Balkans within a period of four to five weeks.

  19. BREITBART – Islamic State Terrorists Caught Crossing Into Europe Posing As Refugees

    Five men have been arrested as they attempted to cross the Bulgarian-Macedonian border with decapitation videos and Islamic State propaganda on their phones. The terrorist suspects had been posing as refugees.

    Bulgarian authorities near the Gyueshevo border checkpoint detained the five men, aged between 20 and 24, late on Wednesday, Bulgarian broadcaster NOVA TV reported.

    The men were stopped by a border guard, who they attempted to bribe with a “wad of dollars.” However, they were searched and Islamic State propaganda, specific Jihadists prayers and decapitation videos were found on their phones.

    In a move that suggests how seriously authorities are taking the case, the Bulgarian State Agency for National Security (DANS) has now taken control of the investigation under the supervision of the regional prosecutor’s office in Kyustendil.

    The men chose to cross in a wooded area, local media have reported, and took a car from an accomplice who had crossed legally from Macedonia with the vehicle.

    http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/09/01/islamic-state-terrorists-caught-crossing-into-europe-posing-as-refugees/

  20. DAILY MAIL – Sick training of a young jihadi: Disturbing images show boy setting teddy bear on fire in front of ISIS flag in mock execution

    Video features same boy who was filmed beheading teddy bear last week
    He watches the toy burn before giving ISIS one-fingered salute to camera
    ISIS is giving children the ‘mindset of a jihadi,’ an expert told MailOnline
    A captured Jordanian pilot was trapped, burned alive by ISIS in February

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3218361/Sick-training-young-jihadi-Disturbing-images-boy-setting-teddy-bear-fire-ISIS-flag-mock-execution.html#ixzz3kW8yQell

  21. TURKEY – Explosives and materials for ISIL caught on camera exiting Turkey to Syria

    Scandal erupts as CCTV stills taken in broad daylight from Turkey’s Akçakale border gate documents large materials, including explosives and construction pipes and plates, all passing into ISIL controlled area in Syria, while Turkish customs officials stand and watch.

    Images captured from CCTV footage from the Turkey’s Akçakale border gate with Syria, located in Sanl?urfa province, shows material enough to fill up numerous trucks being pushed by people dolly after dolly through the border gate, heading for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) controlled regions in Syria, where they are weaponized by the militants. All the more scandalous, Turkish border security teams and customs officials are seen standing and watching.

    The material includes metal plates weighing 400 to 500 kilograms which ISIL’s mounts on vehicles as armor, construction pipes used as barrels for firing mortars, and electric cables used in explosives.

    The quantities being transported on a day to day basis are massive. Two trucks worth of fertilizer used in explosives, in addition to materials, such as electric cables and fuses, enough to fill a truck each, are passing through Turkey’s Akçakale border, heading for ISIL controlled parts of Syria on a day to day basis over two months.

    pics on the page :

    http://world.bgnnews.com/explosives-and-materials-for-isil-caught-on-camera-exiting-turkey-to-syria-haberi/9034

    • Turkish Papers Get raided by Gov, after showing evidence of Explosives & materials caught on camera exiting Turkey to ISIL.

      Turkish police raid offices of Ipek Media Group in latest media crackdown
      Auditors accompanied by police escort raided the Koza Ipek Holding headquarters in Ankara Tuesday morning. Turkish dailies Bugün and Millet, channels Bugün TV and Kanaltürk and website BGNNews.com all belong to the Ipek Media Group, part of Koza Ipek Holding.

      ¨[…]Bugün daily Editor-in-Chief Erhan Basyurt announced the raid on his Twitter account around 8.00 am local time (5.00 am GMT), “A police-escorted operation meant to intimidate and silence has begun against the Ipek Media Group. Shame! A raid against the media and our group the very day we uncover arms being delivered to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).”

      […]“Having seen that the November 1st elections will also result in a hung parliament, [President Erdogan] sees silencing all critical voices as his only way out,” tweeted Avni, “He has understood that if he doesn’t silence the opposition media he won’t be able to secure the increase in votes he had hoped for by [stoking] terrorism.” He went on to refer to a raid against the Ipek Media Group as “imminent.”

      http://national.bgnnews.com/turkish-police-raid-offices-of-ipek-media-group-haberi/9037

  22. Russia ready to supply gunship helicopters to Afghan army

    The Russian officials have said Moscow is prepared to supply the Afghan army with the gunship helicopters – Mi-35 attack choppers to combat terrorism.President valdimir Putin’s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov has said the issue was shared during the summit in UFA attended by the Afghan officials, Russia’s semi-official news agency – Sputnik News reported.Putin told his counter President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani that Moscow is prepared to work jointly with Afghanistan and United States to start work on agreements for the delivery of the attack helicopters to Afghan Air Force, Kabulov said.He also added that Russia is prepared to review Afghanistan’s request for the supply of heavy and light weapons for the Afghan army.The Afghan Air Force is currently going through reconstruction phase as the Afghan national security forces are engaged to curb the growing threats posed by the terrorist groups across the country.

    more on the page :

    http://afghannews.com.af/2015/08/26/russia-ready-to-supply-gunship-helicopters-to-afghan-army/

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