Persecution of Christians by ISIL

US trying to avoid a 'Turkey-Kurdish conflict' in Syria, general says

The United States is taking steps to try to avoid a conflict between Turkey and U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, which Turkey views as terrorists, in Syria, the top U.S. commander overseeing American troops in the Middle East said on March 9, acknowledging the risk of a clash existed.

820 ISIL suspects detained in week-long nationwide raids

Some 820 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) suspects were detained in nationwide simultaneous operations that kicked off on Jan. 30, the Interior Ministry said on Feb. 6. 

Police on Feb. 5 detained 748 suspects in operations. 

The ministry said in yesterday's statement that this added to 72 suspects, who were detained in week-long operations against ISIL.