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In their first phone conversation in six months, President Erdogan and US President Obama "agreed on the importance of close cooperation ... to address the growing terrorist presence in Syria." Authorities removed 207 officers from their posts in the Ankara police counterterrorism unit today. The ruling AKP party is seeking to restructure Turkey's national intelligence system to put the agency directly under the prime minister's control.
The Financial Action Task Force said Turkey is the only NATO country to have a "gray" rating, due to concerns over Turkey's system for identifying and freezing terrorist assets pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions. The Foreign Ministry said it is in fact making efforts to provide budget support to Somalia in 2014. A previously reported attack on a headscarf-wearing woman during the June 2013 Gezi park protests was revealed as nonexistent; the woman who made the claim is a close relative of an Istanbul AKP party official.
A Ukrainian man on a flight from the Ukraine was arrested at Istanbul airport for claiming to have a bomb and demanding the plane take him to the Sochi Olympics. Gunmen attacked the office of the Nationalist Movement Party in Istanbul, two weeks after attackers killed a party adviser and injured seven members. Azerbaijani journalist Mahir Zeynalov has been deported for "posting tweets critical of high-level state officials." The tweets have accused the Erdogan government of obstructing the arrest of al Qaeda affiliates and allowing wanted al Qaeda-linked terrorist Yasin al Qadi to escape Turkey in late December.
Foreign Minister Davutoğlu said Turkish forces "had to hit" an Islamic State of the Iraq and the Sham convoy on Jan. 28 as the al Qaeda-linked group is threatening Turkey. Thousands of Turkmen living along the Syrian border have entered Turkey over the past week, fleeing clashes with ISIS. Syrian National Coalition offices in Istanbul and Gazientep were closed on Feb. 2 due to security threats posed by ISIS.
Turkish national intelligence and police reported that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is planning to attack targets inside Turkey with car bombs; it also said Turkish forces destroyed three ISIS vehicles inside the Syrian border on Jan. 28. According to the report, ISIS now controls the Azaz, Jarablus, and Yayladağı border posts and is fighting with the Islamic Front, which controls the Bab al-Hawa crossing near Hatay's Reyhanlı district. The activist group Greenpeace claimed that in Mersin unauthorized construction has begun on Turkey's first nuclear power plant.