The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) intends to inaugurate its first diplomatic mission in Istanbul in order to provide consular services for all who wish to join the extremist group in Iraq, reported Turkish daily Aydinlik as saying.
Abu-Omar Al-Tunisi, the ISIS de facto head of foreign relations issued a statement, saying that the Islamic Caliphate is determined to launch its first diplomatic mission in a friendly and Muslim country. He further noted that the ISIS hopes that the bilateral relations with Ankara will witness more developments under the aegis of newly-elected president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
ISIS also claims that its consulate in Istanbul will pay the hospital bills of all wounded Islamist militants who traveled to turkey to receive medical treatment.
CHP (Republican People’s Party) , a leading Turkish opposing party issued a communique condemning Turkish government decision to allow ISIS to open a legal diplomatic office in Çankaya - the central and elegant metropolitan district of the city of Istanbul.Earlier, the Turkish Prime Minster Ahmet Davutoglu acknowledged that Turkish diplomats, kidnapped by ISIS militants when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city was seized in early-June, were released in a prisoner exchange deal with ISIS.Is this real? It can’t be real…
Belgian authorities say the country has become a hub for jihadists going to Syria to fight alongside Islamic State (IS) militants, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Dozens of members of the so-called Sharia4Belgium group have left for Syria since the first jihadist from the group, Nabil Kasmi, did so in 2012. On Monday, Kasmi and 45 other Sharia4Belgium members will go on trial as Europe strives to address the issue of becoming a recruitment zone for jihadists.
The trial is seen as part of Belgium’s strategy to stop the flow of people leaving to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. Other European nations are implementing tougher legislation as well in order to reverse the flows.
European leaders point out that those returning from jihad in Syria and Iraq pose a threat to national security. However, according to the newspaper, civil rights groups and Muslim organizations believe that instead of more aggressive policing methods, governments should focus on stopping radicalization from occurring in the first place.
The United Kingdom has granted law-enforcement officials the right to strip terrorist suspects of their passports and citizenship without judicial oversight. France is considering a similar law. The UN Security Council last week voted to make fighting for IS or al-Qaeda illegal.
Some 2,500 European Union citizens are reported to have gone to fight in Syria, with about 300 from Belgium. Many of them are Sharia4Belgium members or have links to the group.
Mysterious Marine Threat Neutralized By Silly Name
Submarine crews in the Arctic and Atlantic have reported hearing strange noises similar to the sound a frog makes while submerged. Nicknamed the “Quacker” by Soviet crews, these sounds manifested only when the submarines would pass certain areas. It was discovered during the Cold War thanks to new technology made to pick up suspicious signals emerging from the depths of the ocean. Since the Americans and Russians took great pains to hide their submarines from each other, it was assumed the noise was coming from some type of hidden submarine detection technology. However, the evidence showed otherwise.
The truly bizarre thing about the quacker was that the sound would actually react to the submarines. It would avoid the submarines, move and circle around them, and elude sonar. It was concluded that the origin of the quacker couldn’t be another vessel as the speed of the quacker was around 200 km/h. These sounds faded in the 1980s, and while theories ranging from unidentified marine animals to aliens to secret military technology have been proposed, none have offered a solid explanation.