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The deputy of the opposition CHP party showed news media yesterday copies of official records confirming that Syria-bound trucks stopped in January by unwitting local authorities in Adana were carrying rockets that Turkish intelligence was supplying to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The military claimed that two soldiers and six Kurdish fighters were killed in a clash in the border town of Ceylanpınar; the YPG denied its fighters were involved. Mehmet Görmez, head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, called the Islamic State's caliphate "illegitimate," warned that the group's intolerance of other faiths "heralds the collapse of a civilization," and stated that of the 1,000 Muslims killed daily worldwide, "[a]lmost 90 percent of them are killed by other Muslims, their brothers. Muslims need not look beyond themselves for the causes of these conflicts."
A Shiite mosque in Istanbul was vandalized twice in two days. Following a July 7 agreement by Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden to develop an "action plan" to prevent jihadists from returning to Europe, Turkish authorities have begun talking to families of jihadists and investigating aid organizations that allegedly helped fighters cross over into Syria. Turkish authorities estimate that 600-700 Turks have joined the Islamic State, but the actual number may be in the thousands. The Turkish company that supplies electricity to Mosul in Iraq suspended the electricity export two weeks ago as the contract ended, but the Erdogan government has no plan to prevent the company from providing power to the Islamic State-controlled city. Erdogan called for the IS to release 49 Turks kidnapped last month from the Turkish consulate in Mosul, including the consul-general.