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War & Terrorism


The U.S. government on Saturday strongly condemned al-Qaida for perpetrating a chain of terror attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, calling the attackers "enemies of Islam", Xinhua reported.

"At least 40 people were killed and 250 others wounded in a wave of violent attacks across Iraq on Saturday, mostly in Baghdad. The 10 car bomb attacks, mostly targeting markets, restaurants and cafes, occurred as Iraqis were celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.


U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev for his country's support to efforts in Afghanistan, including the sustained deployment of Azerbaijani forces with the International Security Assistance Force, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, said in statement on official website of Pentagon.

In a statement summarizing the meeting, Little said Hagel also thanked Abiyev for the valuable role Azerbaijan plays in providing ground, air and sea transit access for logistical support to Afghanistan.


At least 11 people were killed and 28 others wounded in the latest violent attacks across Iraq on Monday, police said.

At least three people were killed and 20 others injured when a car bomb exploded in a market in Tall Afar area west of Mosul, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity, Xinhua reported.

One civilian was killed and eight others were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near a bakery in a market in Kamalya area in eastern Baghdad, the source said.


Clashes have occurred between Turkish police and Syrian illegals who attempted to smuggle fuel into Turkey, the Anadolu agency reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the clashes took place in the Reyhanli region of Hatay province close to the Syrian border. Around eight people were injured as a result.

The injured including one child, were rushed to the nearest hospitals. A criminal case is being filed.


A roadside bomb in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar injured 16 people Sunday, an official said, a day after an attack near the Indian consulate left nine civilians dead, dpa reported.

"The bomb was placed at a roadside in Jalalabad city, and was detonated remotely when the provincial prosecutor Abdul Qayyoum's vehicle was passing," said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Qayyoum, his driver, four bodyguards, and 10 civilians were injured in the "very powerful" explosion, Abdulzai said.


The armed forces of Kazakhstan, U.S. and UK will hold joint peacekeeping exercise Steppe Eagle on August 10, official representative of the Central Communications Service under Kazakh President Altai Abibullayev said on Monday, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported.

The exercise will be held in Kazakhstan, not far from the city of Almaty.

The Steppe eagle exercise is aimed at implementation of the individual action and partnership plan between Kazakhstan and NATO signed on January 31, 2006 and is a part of Partnership for Peace program between Kazakhstan and NATO.


The Turkish Armed Forces have used gas bombs against Syrian citizens who illegally tried to enter the Turkish side today, TRT Haber TV channel reported today citing the website of the country's Armed Forces.

It is reported that around 1,500-2,000 Syrian citizens were detained by the Turkish security forces.

On July 18, there were fierce clashes on the Turkish-Syrian border between the Syrian wing of the PKK terrorist organization and militants of "Jabhat Al-Nusra" extremist organization.


At least three people including a NATO soldier were killed and three others injured Tuesday in two separate attacks in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, dpa reported.

"An explosives-rigged bicycle was remotely detonated, killing a police officer and an officer of the National Directorate of Security (intelligence agency) in a suburb of Jalalabad city," capital of Nangahar, the province's police spokesman Hazrat Hussain said.

The victims were on a motorbike going to work, he said.


Syrian opposition intends to unite all armed groups into a single organized army, Al Jazeera channel said on Tuesday.

According to the channel, highly professional servicemen, who joined the Syrian opposition, will take part in the creation of this army. The Syrian generals who are now hiding from the Syrian official authorities in refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan and Egypt will also be involved in the leadership of the army.


At least seven people were killed and nine others wounded when two groups entered into an armed clash over a land dispute in the eastern province of Mush on Wednesday Todays`s Zaman reported.

The incident reportedly took place in the Bulanık district of Muş on Wednesday afternoon. According to initial reports, the names of those killed are: Bahattin Dost, Nusrettin Dost, Fethullah Dost, Mehmet Dost, Fehim Kundo, Gıyasettin Kundo and Halit Kundo.