Anti-Daesh activist beheaded in Turkey


A prominent Syrian activist who worked to expose Daesh atrocities in the war-torn country was found dead along with a friend in the Turkish city of Urfa on Friday. The two had been beheaded, fellow activists said.
Ibrahim Abdul Qader and his friend Fares Hamadi were “slaughtered by the hands of ISIS (Daesh),” the activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently posted on its Facebook page on Friday.
Turkey goes to the polls Sunday after five turbulent months without a government. Opinion polls predict Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) will again win the most votes but is unlikely to claw back the parliamentary majority it lost in a shock setback in June, paving the way for a shaky coalition — or even another election.
President Erdogan said Thursday that only a single-party government could ensure stability in the strategic nation of 75 million.
“If our nation makes its choice for a single-party government, then I believe it would lay the ground for the resumption of an environment of stability that we experienced for 12 to 13 years,” said Erdogan.
Security is of paramount concern, after the deadly flare-up of violence in July between Turkish security forces and rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) shattered a delicate 2013 truce and revived a three-decade-old conflict.
The country is also struggling to come to terms with the twin suicide bombings on a peace rally in Ankara this month that killed 102 people in the worst attack in its history.


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