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A raid on an Islamic State: Two Police, Seven Militants Dead in Turkey

On Monday in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir the police was raiding multiple houses when a firefight happened there.

According to the security officials, four police officers were injured and three militants were captured.

After a double suicide bombing in Turkey's capital, Ankara, earlier this month that killed more than 100 people, Turkish officials blamed the IS group for that and carried out raids on an Islamic State cells in southeastern Turkey. A raid on Monday that left two Turkish police officers and nine militants dead, as authorities press their effort to combat the extremists based across the border in Syria.

Turkey is also a new home for about half of the 4 million Syrian refugees who have registered with the United Nations after fleeing Syria. The number of Syrians in Turkey has more than doubled since this time last year.

Since the reelection of President al-Assad last year Islamic State militants seized large areas in eastern Syria, including the group's de facto capital in Raqqa.  About 30 percent of the more than 240,000 people who have been killed in the Syrian conflict have died since the vote, while the United Nations registered another 1.3 million refugees who fled the country.  More than 4 million have fled since the civil war began.

And Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday confirmed that he is going to eliminate the threat of terrorists in Syria. According to him, that is a political solution aimed to end the crisis that began there in March 2011.

According to the state-run SANA news agency, during the meeting with a group of Russian lawmakers and other officials in Damascus the president stressed that taking out terrorist groups would preserve Syria's sovereignty and its territorial integrity.

Lawmaker Alexander Yushchenko, a member of the Russian delegation, told that Assad was prepared to take part in a new presidential election, as well as holding a vote for parliament, if that is what the Syrian people want.

On Sunday, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed on the phone the "prospects" for an internationally-backed political settlement in Syria that would involve Syrian authorities and "patriotic opposition."

Assad is now serving his third term as president after he was elected for another seven years last year.  That vote was held only in areas controlled by the government and was boycotted by the opposition.  Assad won 89 percent of the vote.

 

Original: http://www.voanews.com/content/police-militants-dead-in-turkey-is-raid/3022908.html

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