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In a complaint to the UN, Syria accused the Turkish military of allowing and providing cover for the Al Nusrah Front and the Ahrar al Sham brigade to attack Syrian forces from Turkish territory near Kasab. Interior Minister Ala said two Albanians and a Kosovan who killed a gendarme and a policeman at a checkpoint in Niğde on March 20 were possibly members of al Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham; the attackers, who entered from Syria, had grenades and weapons. Turkey recently threatened to retaliate if harm came to the tomb of Süleyman Şah in northern Syria, where ISIS and rebel groups have clashed. A police report said the explosive PETN was detected at the site of an ammunition dump blast in Afyonkarahisar that killed 25 soldiers in 2012.
Turkish Airlines denied allegations that it carried weapons to Boko Haram in Nigeria, after a leaked audio recording surfaced in which an airline executive purportedly asked a Turkish intelligence official whether the cargo might be used to kill Muslims or Christians. Justice Minister Bozdağ denied the possibility of conditional release for jailed Kurdistan Workers' Party leader Abdullah Öcalan. Five men charged with torturing and murdering three Christian missionaries in April 2007 were conditionally released.
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.