Turkey pledges to destroy terrorists: Suffering a series of terror attacks over the past six months, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to eliminate terrorists at a Gaziantep rally commemorating the deaths of 54 killed in a terrorist bombing Aug. 21.
“They will all be cleansed out like a cancer cell. We will find them and punish them,” Erdogan said in reference to militants perpetrating attacks on Turkish soil.
Erdogan later said Turkish security forces are picking up terrorists “one by one.” Addressing the crowd, Erdogan later said Turkish parliament is currently weighing a re-introduction of the death penalty in response to a failed July coup.
Dutch political party seeks to reverse “Islamization:” According to the mission statement for the Dutch far-Right Freedom Party, candidates intend to run on a platform advocating a reversal of the Netherlands’ policy of integrating members of Islam into Dutch society.
Among their party objectives: Closing mosques and Islamic schools, tightening immigration policy, banning the Koran, shuttering asylum centers, banning Muslim migrants and forbidding women from wearing headscarves.
Led by Geert Wilders, the Freedom Party’s platform also advances the proposition the Netherlands should leave the European Union.
Poll: Majority of Germans want ban on burqa: A survey conducted by Berlin-based German public interest group Infratest dimap has revealed an overwhelming 81 percent of German citizens support a ban on burqas in public.
A burqa is an Islamic veil worn by Muslim women.
The poll also revealed 51 percent supported a total ban over the use of the head-to-toe veil, 30 percent back a partial ban and 15 percent support no restrictions.
Houthis prepared for negotiations in Yemen: Following the breakdown of UN-sponsored talks aimed at ending 18 months of punishing fighting in Yemen, Houthi officials have expressed a willingness to re-enter into negotiations with exiled Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
A condition of resuming peace talks is the Houthi demand Saudi Arabia halt its aerial bombing campaign and lift sieges on Houthi-occupied territory.
The subject of intensive rights groups’ scrutiny, the civil war in Yemen has claimed the lives of over 6,000, displaced millions and is nearing a humanitarian crisis.
Representing the Hadi government in exile, the Saudi government is blamed for a conducting an indiscriminate bombing campaign, often killing civilians.
Iran arrests nuclear negotiator: Referring to a key member of the team which represented Iran at the negotiating table as an “infiltrator,” Iran has arrested an unnamed mediator involved in talks which produced the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the P5+1 powers.
Iranian state media reported the unnamed individual holds dual Iranian-British nationality and was arrested on August 16.
According to an Iranian spokesperson, the individual has alleged links to British intelligence services.
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