At least 12 ISIS militants were killed by security and police forces in Kirkuk Friday morning as the group launched a predawn surprise attack on multiple locations across the city, leading to hours of clashes with the security forces. Source Rudaw
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Talks between Turkey and Russia for Ankara to procure S400 missiles for a domestic air defense system have “progressed significantly”, Turkey’s Defence Minister Fikri Isik, said on Wednesday. Isik also said that Turkey’s preference was to originally buy a NATO system but that wasn’t possible. Source: Reuters
The poor levels of life expectancy in the U.S. against other rich nations has been laid bare in a new report, which predicts that minimal gains over the coming years will see the country have similar rates to Mexico by the year 2030. Source: CNBC
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to campaign across Europe in order to mobilize support for his upcoming constitutional referendum, which would further consolidate executive powers. Turkey’s prime minister, Binali Yildirim, already got a head start this weekend. Source: Handelsblatt