Iraq killed several ISIS commanders
On Sunday, Iraq’s air force said it bombed a convoy carrying Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraq’s western Anbar Province, as he was en route to a meeting of ISIS commanders in Karbala.
“The location of the meeting was also bombed and many of the group’s leaders were killed and wounded,” Iraq’s military said in a statement. “The fate of murderer al-Baghdadi is unknown and he was carried away by a vehicle. His health condition is still unclear.” Several Arab news reports claim the 44-year-old self-proclaimed “caliph” was killed but Reuters, citing local citizens and hospital officials, says he wasn’t among the eight senior ISIS leaders who died in the Iraqi attack. Also Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force that coordinates the international effort against the Islamic State said it had staged 24 airstrikes on ISIL in Syria and Iraq on Saturday. USA today
Israeli police killed Palestinian knife attacker
Israeli police say they shot and killed a young Palestinian man who attacked one of their border officers with a knife in Jerusalem, the latest bloodshed in an intensifying spiral of violence in the region.
The incident happened on Monday took place near one of the gates to Jerusalem’s Old City, where the holy site at the heart of much of the recent tension is situated. Border police officers were suspicious of a man walking with his hands in his pockets and asked him to stop and take them out, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. As the officers approached him, the man took out a knife and stabbed one of them in his flak jacket, Samri said. Border police responded by shooting and killing the Palestinian. Close friends of the Palestinian’s family identified him as Mustafa al Khateeb, an 18-year-old from East Jerusalem who was in his last year of high school. CNN news
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Turkish PM blames Ankara bombing that killed 97 on ISIS
The Islamic State (IS) group is the prime suspect in the Ankara bombings that killed nearly 100 on Saturday, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu has said.
No group has said it carried out the attack, but the government believes that two male suicide bombers caused the explosions, hitting a peace rally. The official death toll is 97, but one of the main groups at the march put the number of dead at 128. There is anger in Turkey that authorities were unable to prevent such a major attack in the heart of the capital city – and some scepticism from opposition groups about the government’s claims. The funerals of more of the victims are taking place on Monday. BBC news
Democrats’ first presidential debate is happening on Tuesday
The first Democratic debate is happening on Tuesday and CNN has now released the final details including podium order and live streaming links. The debate takes place in Las Vegas and will be moderated by Anderson Cooper, with additional questioning by other CNN personalities also offering questions.
Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley, Webb, Chaffe will debate, and Anderson Cooper with Dana Bash and Juan Carlos Lopez are set to be moderators. Biden could join the debate right up until the day of the broadcast if he should so choose. It doesn’t seem as though it will happen, but that sure would make the debate more interesting. US Presidential Election News