Turkey detains 10 Daesh suspects including an alleged leader

Turkish police special forces detained 10 suspected Daesh militants, including an alleged leader. (REUTERS)
Updated 12 January 2018
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Turkey detains 10 Daesh suspects including an alleged leader

ANKARA: Turkey’s state-run news agency says Turkish authorities have detained 10 suspected Daesh militants, including an alleged leader who was in charge of agriculture for the group.
Anadolu Agency said on Friday the suspects were detained in operations in the provinces of Kayseri, central Turkey, and Gaziantep, near the border with Syria.
It quoted Kayseri Gov. Suleyman Kamci saying the alleged Daesh militant — allegedly known as the group’s “agriculture minister” was detained in Kayseri, as part of operations against people suspected of finding recruits. The agency identified him as Tarik A., but didn’t provide further details.
Turkey has suffered a series of deadly attacks blamed on Daesh militants, including a New Year’s attack last year at an Istanbul nightclub by a gunman that killed 39 people.


Israel says Hezbollah set up Lebanon post under NGO guise

Updated 58 min 35 sec ago
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Israel says Hezbollah set up Lebanon post under NGO guise

  • Israel has relayed its concerns to the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, and asked them to visit the positions

JERUSALEM: The Israeli army Monday accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of setting up a new observation point in south Lebanon near the border under the guise of an environmental NGO.
A senior military officer charged that the position, near the Shiite village of Aadaysit and the Israeli kibbutz of Misgav Am, was a violation of UN Resolution 1701 prohibiting Hezbollah military activity in the area.
The observation post joins five other exposed last year by Israel, the officer said, all allegedly under the cover of “Green Without Borders.”
“This NGO isn’t concerned with planting trees, it’s a front” for Hezbollah to monitor the Israeli army and civilians nearby, the officer told reporters in a briefing.
Israel has relayed its concerns to UNIFIL, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, and asked them to visit the positions, but according to the officer, “they haven’t done so.”
The position contains “military equipment and infrastructure, binoculars, high end cameras,” the officer said. “This is a breach of 1701.”
A month-long war in 2006 between Israel and the Shite movement killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
Resolution 1701 was adopted to end the war, calling for full respect of the “Blue Line,” the UN-demarcated frontier between Lebanon and the Jewish state.
Israel has vowed to prevent what it says are efforts by its archfoe Iran to transfer advanced arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon.