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Istanbul bombings: soccer in the bull’s eye

Twin bombs in central Istanbul may not have targeted Besiktas JK’s newly refurbished Vodafone Arena stadium, but it underscores the propaganda value of attacking a soccer match for both jihadist and non-jihadist groups. They also raise questions about counter-terrorism strategies. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a splinter of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), claimed responsibility …

James Dorsey

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claims responsibility for helicopter shooting

By Aya Nader Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis (Supporter of Jerusalem) released a statement Sunday morning claiming responsibility for shooting down a military helicopter in North Sinai on Saturday, among other attacks. The Al-Qaeda inspired group also said it was behind attacks on military support forces in the area surrounding Jura International Airport using heavy weapons, a …

Daily News Egypt