Daesh attack kills security forces near Kirkuk on Iraq election day

In this file photo, Daesh fighters parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle on the main road in Iraq.(AP)
Updated 12 May 2018
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Daesh attack kills security forces near Kirkuk on Iraq election day

LONDON: Several Iraqi security officials and pro-government Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi fighters were killed and injured on Saturday, southwest of Kirkuk. 
A security source said at least eight casualties were reported in the attack affiliated with Daesh extremists, according to Alsumaria News.  
The source said “Daesh militants attacked a checkpoint manned by Iraqi police and the Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi (also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces) near Saadouniyah, 35 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk, killing four security officials, two Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi members and wounding two others.”
Daesh had threatened to attack polling stations before the country's first elections since the rise of the terrorist group.
The oil-rich city of Kirkuk is one of Iraq’s most diverse cities, home to Iraqi Arabs, Turkmen, Christians and Kurds.


Turkey orders 295 military personnel arrested over Gulen links

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Turkey orders 295 military personnel arrested over Gulen links

  • Those facing detention included three colonels, eight majors and 10 lieutenants

ISTANBUL: Turkey ordered the arrest of 295 serving military personnel on Friday, the prosecutor’s office said, over suspected links to the network of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of orchestrating a 2016 attempted coup.
Those facing detention included three colonels, eight majors and 10 lieutenants, with around half of the suspects being in the army and the remainder in other military forces including the navy and air force, the statement said.