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Turkey storms into Syria and takes ISIS town within hours

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Turkish tanks, supported by Syrian opposition rebels, have stormed across the border into northern Syria, within hours seizing the town of Jarablus that ISIS jihadists had controlled since 2014. “Jarablus is completely liberated,” declared Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group. Turkey’s state news agency also confirmed the takeover. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS fighters put up “very little resistance” before fleeing to neighboring villages in the face of the Turkish onslaught. It was the first time since ISIS has claimed a caliphate straddling parts of Iraq and Syria two years...

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Tharid Uddin (kiri) dan Maulana Akonjee (kanan) - Picture via Twitter

US: CAIR offers reward for killer of NYC Imam

  By: Chris Hannas Source: VOA News A Muslim advocacy group is offering a $10,000 reward to help solve the killings of a Muslim cleric and an associate in New York. The 55-year-old Imam Maulana Akonjee and 64-year-old Thara Uddin were shot at close range on a city street as they left afternoon prayers Saturday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it would make a formal announcement Monday about the reward. “We hope the offer of a reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual who perpetrated this heinous crime,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Once an arrest is made, we expect that the motive of the shooter can be...

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Turkey's Justice Minister, Bekir Bozdağ

Ankara warns Washington not to ‘Sacrifice’ alliance over Gülen

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Turkey is upping pressure on the United States to hand over a Muslim cleric who Ankara blames for a failed coup on July 15. Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said anti-American sentiment in Turkey is reaching its “peak” over the issue of cleric Fethullah Gulen’s return and risks turning into hatred. Bozdag also told the state-run Anadolu Agency on August 9 that Washington would be “sacrificing” its alliance with Ankara if it were to refuse to extradite Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. Turkey has branded Gulen’s movement a terror organization and wants him returned to Turkey to face trial. Washington has said it would need...

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