28 February 2017

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Ankara: Turkish police have detained 15 people in overnight raids targeting Al-Qaeda militants south of the Turkish capital, local media reported on Tuesday.
The men were arrested at several addresses across the city of Konya, 250 km (155miles) south of Ankara, on suspicion of being members of al Qaeda now led by Ayman al Zawahiri, state news agency Anatolian and private broadcasters reported.
They did not give more details on the arrests and Turkish police could not be immediately reached for comment.
Turkish police regularly arrest suspected militants and describe them as having links to al Qaeda, though further details seldom emerge.
In July, police detained 14 people suspected of having links to al Qaeda across western Turkey, including from one house near Ankara, after they discovered explosives and weapons.
Said to be linked to a group active in Afghanistan, they were detained on suspicion of planning attacks on U.S. installations in Turkey to avenge the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan on May 2, Turkish media reported.
Al Qaeda militants were behind bomb attacks in 2003 that killed some 60 people and wounded hundred in Istanbul. (Reuters)

New York (BNA) The UN General Assembly called on Monday on countries to reiterate and scale up their support for Afghanistan during its transition period, and outlined six major areas the country should focus on the ensure its long-term stability and progress. 
In a resolution adopted unanimously yesterday morning, the Assembly called for increased efforts in the areas of security, justice and governance, social and economic development, reconciliation and integration, regional cooperation and strategic partnerships. 
Security remains a top priority, with the Assembly noting that despite visible progress, terrorism is still a major threat, putting at risk all other areas where there has been progress. 
The assembly welcomed the start of the transition process of security responsibility, which began in July, and called on countries to provide the necessary technical and financial support to create favorable conditions so that Afghan security forces can fully handle security needs in the near future. 
Zahir Tanin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan, told the Assembly that in spite of the challenges, the security transition is still on track and Afghan authorities are working with the international community so that by 2014 they can assume full responsibility in all provinces.

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