Intelligence report: Gülenists sought help from DAESH

The report, obtained by the Milliyet daily, indicated that a FETÖ member contacted two DAESH members named Mutenna Abdulrazzak al-Ali and Ibrahim al-Hassan on Aug. 8 and discussed a plot involving assassination of a person close to President Erdoğan, as well as plans for carrying out sabotage in Istanbul. The warning further indicated that six silencers were sent to Ankara from Şanlıurfa on Aug. 9 to be used in the attack, and the FETÖ member provided funds to assist the DAESH members in exchange for their carrying out the attack.

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Kurds may abandon Turkey after coup against Erdogan

A long-running uprising in Turkey’s Kurdish regions was temporarily overshadowed by the July 15 coup attempt. The PKK first took up arms against the government over 30 years ago, and the fighting has led to more than 40,000 deaths. Neither the PKK nor the Turkish government is looking to reconcile following the end of a ceasefire last year. Kurds in eastern Turkey, where most live, are facing a state of emergency, Toprak said. “Entire cities and regions have been razed,” he added. “There are 500,000 internally displaced Kurds.”

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