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The Purge: Failed Turkish Coup

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A faction of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the government Friday night, hijacking fighter jets and helicopters to strike key installations and security forces (Reuters). Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed the coup on Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in Pennsylvania, and said there was a formal request for Gulen’s extradition (WP). President Recep Tayyip […]

Bahraini Sectarian Tensions Rise, Ayatollah Ousted

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The spiritual leader of the Bahraini Shi’ite Muslim majority, Ayatollah Isa Qassim, had his citizenship revoked on Monday (BBC). An interior ministry statement accused Qassim of using his position to promote extremist sectarianism and violence, as well as serve foreign interests (BNA). Qassim may face deportation as the Bahraini government has deported a number of […]

Former Miss Turkey Convicted of Insulting President Erdogan

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Merve Buyuksarac, 27, was convicted last week of insulting a public official, Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, through social media postings (Hurriyet). Buyuksarac, crowned Miss Turkey in 2006, was briefly detained last year for sharing a satirical poem on her Instagram account in 2014 (Time). The courts suspended the 14-month prison sentence on the condition […]

Taliban Kills Dozens in Kabul Attack

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At least 28 people have been killed and more than 327 wounded in Kabul, Afghanistan during a suicide car bombing and an offensive by armed militants, Tuesday morning (IBT). Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack against the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main spy agency which protects high-ranking government officials (NPR). According […]