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President Erdogan denounced the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for "incit[ing] hatred and racism." Shabazz Suleman, a British jihadist who was among some 180 Islamic State fighters turned over to the terrorist group in October in exchange for 46 Turkish hostages, claimed that while in a Turkish prison he and fellow fighters were allowed contact with the Islamic State. According to reports, the suicide bomber who carried out the Jan. 6 attack in Istanbul was Diana Ramazova, a Dagestani who had been married to Islamic State jihadist Abu Aluevitsj Edelbijev, a Norwegian of Chechen origin who died in Syria in December. An opposition party official claimed that the number of Islamic State sympathizers in Turkey has risen to 10,000, from 3,000 in August 2014. Şefik Çirkin, another opposition official, claimed that 12,000 Turkish citizens have joined the Islamic State, and said Turkish officials have not carried out any operations against Islamic State members or sympathizers in Turkey.
A female suicide bomber detonated at a police station in downtown Istanbul, killing one policeman and wounding another; the attack came less than a week after the DHKP-C (Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front) threw a grenade at police near the prime minister's office and threatened further attacks. A Dutch journalist was arrested on terrorism charges but released.
A senior Foreign Ministry official said that an agreement with the US is expected to be reached this month on the training and equipping of Syrian rebels in Turkey. Negotiations continue over the nature of the rebels to be trained, the use of İncirlik airbase for coalition operations, and the creation of a no-fly zone along the Syrian border.
Citing state secrets, a judge stopped a defendant from testifying about a visit to Turkey by Yasin al Qadi, an alleged al Qaeda financier who has been a guest of President Erdogan in recent years. Counterterrorism police arrested 14 people suspected of membership in a group linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party in Erzincan.
The Foreign Ministry rejected claims in a November UN report that said arms for the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front are being smuggled primarily through Turkey. Increasing numbers of Turkish Jews are leaving the country due to security concerns. Mehmet Ali Ağca, who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was deported by Italy after entering the country illegally to visit the pope's tomb.
The CIA has reportedly asked Turkey for the second time to track down the sources of Islamic State videos being posted from Turkey; so far the government has taken no action in response. A lawmaker asked Parliament about a recent report alleging that Turkey has sent some 2,000 trucks of weaponry to Syria between September 2012 and October 2014. Prime Minister Davutoğlu invited Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to speak at the ruling AKP party's annual convention in Konya. At least two people were killed in clashes between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Islamist group Turkish Hizbollah near the Syrian border.