Turkey detains 412 suspected Kurdish militants

Turkish counter-terror police in Istanbul. (AFP)
Updated 13 April 2017
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Turkey detains 412 suspected Kurdish militants

ANKARA: Turkey’s Interior Ministry says police have detained 412 suspected Kurdish militants in a security sweep.
The ministry said in a statement Thursday that the suspects were rounded up in police operations in 21 provinces late on Wednesday.
In addition, the statement said 131 Daesh group suspects were detained in operations in 13 provinces in the past week.
The operations came a day after the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, claimed an attack against a police station in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, which was carried out with a ton of explosives planted inside a tunnel dug by rebels.
Turkey has been rocked by a series of deadly attacks by the two groups.
The country is holding a referendum on Sunday on expanding the president’s powers.


US-led 2017 blitz on Syria’s Raqqa killed 1,600 civilians

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US-led 2017 blitz on Syria’s Raqqa killed 1,600 civilians

  • The unprecedented investigation was led by Amnesty International and the Airwars monitoring group
  • It urged top coalition members to show more transparency and accountability

BEIRUT: Intensive US-led coalition bombardment on the Syrian city of Raqqa killed more than 1,600 civilians over four months in 2017, according to a report released on Thursday.
The unprecedented investigation, led by Amnesty International and the Airwars monitoring group, urged top coalition members to show more transparency and accountability.
“Many of the air bombardments were inaccurate and tens of thousands of artillery strikes were indiscriminate,” said Donatella Rovera, crisis response adviser at Amnesty.