Turkish military stages tank exercises near Syrian border. According to Today's Zaman, the Turkish military began tank exercises near the Syrian border amid heightened concerns in Ankara over a terrorist group gaining control over Kurdish cities in northern Syria. The exercises follow a series of military deployments to the Syrian border since reports that Syrian Kurdish groups have established control over northern Syria. The exercises will continue for the next few days.
Christian pastor beat up and threatened in Bhutan. According to the Christian Post, Pema Wangda, a sub-divisional officer in the tiny country of Bhutan, assaulted an independent pastor on his forehead and chest. He also took out a sword and threatened to kill him. Sherpa was among four pastors the official had summoned to order them not to conduct worship service in their homes. Police eventually released the pastor.
Israel and Egypt exchange cross-border fire. According to The Jerusalem Post, Israeli Defense Forces, the Egyptian army and a group of drug smugglers exchanged fire along the border with Egypt. The incident started when the Egyptian army spotted and opened fire on drug smugglers trying to cross the border into Israel. Some of the fire accidentally hit an IDF patrol and the soldiers, thinking they were under attack, returned fire. An Egyptian policeman reportedly sustained light injuries.
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