TODAY’S GLOBAL NEWS FORM FOREIN POLICY
Top News: Turkey saw a series of attacks on Monday. A roadside bomb killed four police officers in the southeastern province of Sirnak; Kurdish militants killed a soldier and wounded at least seven others in an attack on a military helicopter in the same province; a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Istanbul, leaving a police officer and two assailants dead and destroying part of the building; and two attackers opened fire outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul,fleeing after a brief gun battle with police. One suspect in the consulate attack was later apprehended.
The attacks came during a spike in tension and violence between the Turkish military and Kurdish militants, and as Turkey takes on new roles in fighting the Islamic State. A ceasefire in the long conflict between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the government fell apart in July when Turkey began bombing PKK camps in Iraq at the same time as launching a new campaign against the Islamic State. PKK and other Kurdish fighters have held back the advance of the Islamic State in the region.
Kurdish militants were reportedly responsible for the attacks in the southeast. The attacks in Istanbul are under investigation, with claims on social media linking the police station bombing to the Islamic State.