Tuesday a suspected suicide bomber was killed during an attempted attack on a police station in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, private news station NTV reported. Two alleged accomplices are believed to have fled the scene, the station said, citing local journalists.
President-elect Donald Trump is planning to meet with his incoming national security adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in the aftermath of a rattling day of violence around the world.
A gunman attacked Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, in the capital of Ankara on Monday. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement he was hospitalized with a gunshot wound. She added that the ministry would soon comment on “the attack on the Russian ambassador in Turkey”
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed an attack on Turkish troops in Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday as Turkish-backed rebels pressed an offensive to take the Syrian city of al-Bab from ISIS.
Sunday Syria’s fragile cease-fire started to unravel with the first aerial attacks on rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo and a southern village that killed at least eight people, violations that came as tensions between the American and Russian brokers of the deal worsened following a deadly U.S. strike on Syrian government forces.
The US says fighting between Turkey, pro-Turkish rebels and Kurdish-aligned forces in northern Syria is “unacceptable” and must stop. Clashes in places where so-called Islamic State (IS) was not present were a “source of deep concern”, the US envoy to the anti-IS coalition tweeted.
Sunday former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, just hours after shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando blasted the Obama administration as “willfully” avoiding telling Americans the threat of Islamic terrorism and ideology.
Last week the Russian military suffered a setback in Syria when fires destroyed four Mi-24 attack helicopters , but U.S. officials tell Fox News the intelligence community believes it was an “accident,” not an Islamic State terror attack. The fires also destroyed more than a dozen trucks at an air base in Tiyas, roughly halfway between Homs and Palmyra.
The US has ramped up intelligence cooperation and will review international efforts to combat Islamic State militants after the Brussels attacks during a nuclear summit with world leaders next week, President Barack Obama said.