CIA has warned that the Islamic State terror group may carry out large-scale attacks in the US similar to the one in Istanbul. CIA Director John Brennan said in Washington that the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport bears the hallmarks of the Islamic State’s depravity.
Brennan said while to replying to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank. that the United States, is leading the coalition to try to destroy IS inside of Syria and Iraq, so it would be surprising if the terror outfit is not trying to hit the country.
As many as 42 people were killed and hundreds wounded yesterday after suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs attacked Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport . Turkey government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group.
European Union leaders have warned that the UK must honour the principle of free movement of people, if it wants to retain access to the single market after it leaves the bloc. European Council President Donald Tusk said, UK could not pick and choose.
The French and German leaders also made clear that the freedom of movement of EU citizens was non-negotiable. Immigration to the UK, particularly from poorer EU countries, was a key issue in the referendum campaign. Some campaigners for ‘Leave EU’ sent a clear message that the vote was about controlling immigration levels.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with his Council of Ministers in New Delhi this evening. The meeting is expected to review the government’s decisions in the recent past. Union ministers are likely to make presentations on work done by their ministries in the last two years.
AIR correspondent reports, the meeting assumes significance amid the talks of an imminent cabinet reshuffle. The speculation has intensified over the change in the cabinet following Prime Minister’s meeting with BJP President Amit Shah last night. The possible reshuffle will coincide with an organizational changes in the BJP as Mr. Shah is yet to reconstitute his team in his second term as party chief.
India today successfully test fired a new surface-to-air missile, from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur at around 08.15 hours. Official sources said, the medium range missile, a product of joint venture between India and Israel, was successfully test launched. The missile, which was initially proposed to be tested yesterday, was deferred in the last moment for today.
Earlier, Indian Navy had successfully test launched the long range surface-to-air missile. These missiles would be inducted in all three services after user’s trial is completed. The local administration had temporarily displaced more than 3500 people residing within 2.5 kms radius of the ITR for security reasons ahead of the test.
42 dead in Yemeni suicide bombing attack, ISIS claims responsibility
Four explosions rocked security checkpoints in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla, killing 43 people and injuring 24 others. The blasts occurred at sunset, as soldiers broke their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Thirty-eight soldiers died in the attacks. Women and children were among the injured, according to Mukalla Now news agency. The suicide bombers reportedly posed as distributors of Iftar, the evening meal during Ramadan. Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.