If you’re going to resurrect the caliphate, might as well focus on where it last stood. “Turkish police arrest 21 al Qaeda suspects,” from France 24, August 29:
Turkish police on Friday arrested 21 suspected members of Al-Qaeda in a major operation in Istanbul, Anatolia news agency reported.
Many of the suspects had received military training in Afghanistan and were preparing attacks, said the report, which did not give sources. Raids were carried out in several districts of the city.
The suspects will appear in court in coming days.
Turkish police detained 24 suspected members of Osama bin Laden’s group, including Al-Qaeda’s alleged Istanbul chief, in April.
Al-Qaeda was blamed for bomb attacks in the city in November 2003 on two synagogues and British-owned bank HSBC in which 63 people were killed and hundreds wounded.
In February 2007, a Turkish court jailed seven accused Al-Qaeda militants, including a Syrian said to have planned and financed the attacks, to life jail terms.