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Turkish and American officials are investigating letters containing an unidentified yellow powder that were sent to the consulates of the US, Belgium, Canada, France, and Germany in Istanbul; nine people have been sent to the hospital for observation. Turkish media reported that Basil Hassan, a Dane wanted by Denmark for attempting to kill writer Lars Hedegaard, was released by Turkish officials sometime in July, not during a prisoner swap with the Islamic State in September. The Justice Ministry refused to disclose whether Islamic State militants Çendrim Ramadani, Benjamin Xu, and Muhammed Zakiri are still in custody. Police detained 17 students after clashes at Istanbul University between Islamic State supporters and opponents. Intelligence reports warned that Islamic State cells plan to carry out suicide bombings in seven Turkish provinces.
Halis Bayancuk a.k.a. Abu Hanzala, the alleged head of al Qaeda in Turkey who was arrested with dozens of other operatives on Jan. 14, was released under a new court system introduced in July. Among those detained on Jan. 14 was İbrahim Şen, an ex-Gitmo detainee and a top al Qaeda leader in the Middle East. So far, six of the 25 suspects were indicted and only four remain in custody. Turkish officials denied reaching an agreement with the US on the use of İncirlik Air Base in Adana province, but said talks are continuing.