31 Jul 2015

Two police officers, two PKK militants killed in a gun attack in Turkey’s south

“Two police officers were killed in a gun attack on a police station in the southern province of Adana that also left two militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) dead.” Source: Two police officers, two PKK militants killed in a gun attack in Turkey’s south – LOCAL

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31 Jul 2015

Abductions Hurt U.S. Bid to Train Anti-ISIS Rebels in Syria

“A Pentagon program to train moderate Syrian insurgents to fight the Islamic State has been vexed by problems of recruitment, screening, dismissals and desertions that have left only a tiny band of fighters ready to do battle.” Source: Abductions Hurt U.S. Bid to Train Anti-ISIS Rebels in Syria – The

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31 Jul 2015

Kuwait says uncovers Islamic State network

“Kuwait has uncovered a network of Islamic State militants who fought in Iraq and Syria and detained some of its members, the interior ministry said on Thursday, a month after the group carried out the Gulf state’s deadliest militant attack.” Source: Kuwait says uncovers Islamic State network | Reuters

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31 Jul 2015

Islamic State ‘growing’ in Afghanistan: watchdog

“Taliban leader Mullah Omar may be dead, but there’s another security threat emerging in Afghanistan, with a government watchdog reporting increased concern in the U.S. and in Kabul that the Islamic State is gaining a foothold there.” Source: Islamic State ‘growing’ in Afghanistan: watchdog – Washington Times

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30 Jul 2015

Uber drivers attacked outside Mexico City airport as taxi drivers demonstrate

“A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, according to the company, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a ‘total halt’ to app-based rideshare services in the capital.” Source: Uber drivers attacked outside Mexico City airport as taxi drivers

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30 Jul 2015

Five dead in attacks as Turkey battles PKK

“Five people died July 30 in new attacks on the Turkish security forces blamed on Kurdish militants, as Ankara stepped up its controversial campaign against the PKK militants. A new wave of violence included the killing of three Turkish troops that the army said was carried out by the outlawed

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30 Jul 2015

Security checkpoint extortion costs Ivory Coast millions

“Extortion at security checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice, a rights group said Wednesday. Four years after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s government said it would stop security forces from demanding money at roadblocks from travelers, including merchants transporting goods and

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30 Jul 2015

Social Media Data Used to Identify Russian Incursions into Ukraine

“Researchers have used pictures and videos posted online along with satellite imagery to track the movement of Russian troops and equipment into Ukraine, according to a report by the Atlantic Council, a D.C. based think tank. ‘The point is that we tap into people’s desire to share data online,’ said

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30 Jul 2015

Saudi Arabia Responds to Iran Deal: Give Us 600 Patriot Missiles

“The Kingdom’s request for additional interceptors could be the first of many new Mideast arms purchases aimed at warding off Iranian missiles.” Source: Saudi Arabia Responds to Iran Deal: Give Us 600 Patriot Missiles – Defense One

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30 Jul 2015

Turkey steps up bombing — but on Kurds, not Islamic State

“Turkish war planes on Wednesday unleashed some of the heaviest bombing to date on Kurdish rebel strongholds in Turkey and Iraq, as the fallout from Ankara’s stepped-up anti-terror campaign reverberated in the nation’s political arena.” Source: Turkey steps up bombing — but on Kurds, not Islamic State – LA Times

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