Turkish anti-terror police have detained hundreds of people suspected of being members of the 'Islamic State' group on Sunday. More than 400 people were detained in simultaneous operations across the country.
A first batch of "Islamic State" fighters has evacuated their stronghold in Damascus a day after an apparent deal with the Syrian regime. In recent years, jihadis have steadily lost ground to government forces.
Al-Qaida's leader has urged sympathizers to wage war against the US for opening an embassy in Jerusalem. Experts say the move is an attempt to capitalize on the demise of its main competitor, the "Islamic State."
The men were found guilty of aiding five militants who attacked the parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's mausoleum. Eighteen people died in the assault last year.
For the first time in seven years, all of wider Damascus is now under government control. Islamists have abandoned the city of al-Hajar al-Aswad, south of the capital.
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