On Mar.3, 2 two female attackers launched an attack on a riot bus entering a police compound in Istanbul. They also threw 2 grenades at the building before both fled the scene.
Around 2,000 legal cases have been opened in Turkey for insulting Recep Tayyip Erdogan, since he became president 18 months ago. Mocking the president carries a maximum of four years in jail with schoolchildren and journalists amongst those arrested.
On Mar.3, Iran condemned a decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council to blacklist Lebanon’s Hezbollah, saying the resistance movement is in fact a “potent symbol” of struggles against terror and Israeli occupation. We remember, on Mar.2, the GCC decided to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
On Mar.2, US President Barack Obama extended sanctions against Russia, which had been imposed in March 2014. The decree states that economic and financial sanctions imposed on Moscow over its involvement in the Ukrainian crisis will stay in place until March 6, 2017.