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Turkey dissolving at the seams?


   Three district co-mayors in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, two co-mayors inHakkari province and one provincial official from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) in Hakkari were arrested on Sunday (23/8) after they declared autonomy from the Turkish state last week. 

(Today's Zaman)

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    In a recent report, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has claimed that ambulances are routinely used in the southeastern province of Adıyaman to carry injured Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants from Syria toTurkey and to transport new ISIL recruits across the border into Syria.

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"One report by Iran's English Press TV in which it claimed that Sümeyye Erdoğan, the Turkish president's daughter, visited wounded Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants near the Syrian border in southern Turkey, sparked anger in Ankara and played a key role in Erdoğan's decision not to meet with the Iranian foreign minister."


Update II

"Twitter whistleblower Fuat Avni has claimed that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have revised a planned crackdown on critical media outlets to include some major business groups critical of the government. "

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