Hale Gönültaş reports: Turkey's financial crimes unit has determined that Afghan criminals engaged in drug smuggling and in the funding of terror operations are exploiting Afghan refugees in Turkey via bank transfers. As migrants are unable to transport large sums of money and often cannot open bank accounts in Turkey, they rely on moneychangers who transfer cash for a fee, and this is usually the only option.
Turkey's Aktif Bank is suspected of having carried out money laundering on a grand scale for a customer network that includes the scandal-ridden German financial service provider Wirecard and shady figures from the porn industry, according to the FinCEN Files. Aktif Bank is part of Çalık Holding and a number of "suspicious transactions" included in the FinCEN Files were made while Minister Albayrak was the CEO of the holding.
A total of 167 migrants struggling to breathe were rescued from the back of a lorry in the Tekkeköy district of the northern province of Samsun on Aug. 18. The migrants, who were determined to be hungry and thirsty, will be deported.
A pro-Taliban group has recorded a video at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, days after the site was converted into a mosque by the Turkish government. The footage showed the group chanting Islamic slogans while holding the flag used by the Taliban.
The death toll from a migrant boat sinking in Lake Van in eastern Turkey rose to 40, the local governor's office said on July 16, after nearly three weeks of search operations. Lake Van is near the border with Iran, from where migrants regularly cross into Turkey heading west toward Europe from Iran, Afghanistan and other countries.
Hale Gönültaş writes: 38-year-old Afghani nurse Nefise Ajuri suffered burns on her body and face and lost part of her nose and her right ear as well as partial vision in her left eye as a result of an acid attack in Kabul in 2014. Ajuri has since made her way to Turkey. She lives with her three children in Ankara, has sustained numerous surgeries and continues to fight for her life.