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Visitors trickle back to Syria citadel used by ISIL

An ancient lake-side fortress once used by ISIL to launch attacks is slowly regaining its status as a key cultural destination, attracting visitors from across war-torn Syria.

Families posed for pictures under the hot June sun, some perched on an ancient brick wall overlooking the banks of Lake Assad, a man-made reservoir in northern Syria's Raqa province.

Mitsotakis warns Ankara not to test its territorial claims on the ground

Amidst a barrage of Turkish threats and claims of sovereignty over a series of Greek islets of the eastern Aegean by the Turkish defence ministry, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis today warned Ankara not to even think of testing its territorial claims on the ground.

No one should try to stop Turkey’s military op in Syria: Akar

No one should try to prevent Turkey from conducting a military operation in Syria's north to secure its borders, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said.

"We act as principled, open, transparent and in compliance with international law as much as possible in all our activities," Akar told a group of journalists following a cabinet meeting late on June 6.

MİT neutralizes third PKK leader in one month

Turkish Intelligence Organization (MİT) has neutralized a PKK ringleader, Iranian citizen Rahime Xezali, in Syria in a third surgical strike against PKK local leaders in a month, local media has reported.

According to press reports published on June 5, Xezali was killed with two other terrorists in northern Syria's Qamishli province on May 31.

Family says Iranian intelligence abducted dissident journalist in Ankara

Mohammad Bagher Moradi, an Iranian dissident journalist who took refuge in Turkey nine years ago while he was on trial in Tehran for covering news against the regime, has been abducted by Iranian intelligence in the capital Ankara, his family has alleged.

"My son was a dissident journalist. Iranian intelligence was after him. He was kidnapped by them," Mohsen Moradi said.

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