Turkey calls for meeting with NATO allies
Turkey on Sunday called for a meeting of its NATO allies to discuss threats to its security and its airstrikes targeting ISIL militants in Syria and Kurdish rebels in Iraq. The move came as Turkey's state-run media reported that Turkish F-16 jets again took off from the country's southeastern Diyarbakir air base to hit Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK targets across the border in northern Iraq. There was no immediate confirmation of the report by TRT television, which came hours after authorities said PKK militants detonated a car-bomb near Diyarbakir, killing two soldiers and wounding four others. NATO announced that its decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, will convene Tuesday after Ankara invoked the alliance's Article 4, which allows member states to request a meeting if they feel their territorial integrity or security is under threat. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Turkey would inform allies about the airstrikes that followed an ISIL suicide bombing near Turkey's border with Syria that left 32 people dead, and an ISIL attack on Turkish forces, which killed a soldier.
Iraqis recapture Anbar University
Iraqi government forces recaptured Anbar University from ISIL after hours of fierce clashes, provincial officials said, as part of its push to reclaim territory across the embattled province. The university, located 3 miles south of Anbar's provincial capital, the ISIL-held city of Ramadi, was under the full control of government forces, which had entered the complex early Sunday amid intense combat with ISIL fighters. Athal al-Fahdawi, a provincial councilman, said a number of buildings in and around the university complex have been badly damaged or destroyed, but that the militants retreated. The Iraqi military launched a large-scale operation this month to retake Anbar Province, in which most of the biggest cities are held by ISIL. A U.S.-led coalition has launched more than 3,000 airstrikes in Iraq, many of them in Anbar Province.
Attack at Mogadishu hotel kills at least 12
A vehicle packed with explosives detonated outside a landmark Mogadishu hotel long favored by diplomats and top government officials, killing at least 12 people and wounding many more, witnesses and the authorities said Sunday. The Jazeera Palace Hotel, close to both Mogadishu's airport and a U.N. compound, was heavily guarded and had been considered one of the safer places in the city, despite previous attacks. But on Sunday afternoon a suicide bomber, driving on Airport Road, got to within about 100 feet of it before triggering a thunderous blast that ravaged the hotel and sent smoke billowing skyward. Al-Shabab, an Islamist terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was in retaliation for the killing of civilians during a recent offensive by Somali and African Union troops against Al-Shabab forces in the southern part of the country.
Cameroon orders mosques, schools closed
Authorities have ordered the closure of mosques and Islamic schools following a series of suicide bombing attacks in northern Cameroon that have left at least 60 people dead, the region's governor said Sunday. Child beggars are also being ordered off the streets because all the suicide bombers so far have been children, including the 13-year-old female who detonated explosives in an attack Saturday evening. While there have been no claims of responsibility, authorities have blamed the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, which has pledged its allegiance to ISIL and abducted hundreds of girls and young women. The group's leader has vowed to attack Cameroon because the Central African nation has aided neighboring Nigeria in its fight to defeat the extremists. In the latest attack inside Cameroon, at least 20 people were killed and another 85 wounded Saturday evening in the northern town of Maroua.