Turkish special police officers patrol in the street after clashes with attackers on August 10, 2015 at the Sultanbeyli district in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE
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Two women shot at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul Monday and at least eight people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on ISIS, Kurdish and far-left militants.A far-left group that killed a Turkish security guard in a 2013 suicide bombing of the U.S. embassy in Ankara claimed it was involved in Monday's attack.Police with automatic rifles cordoned off streets around the U.S. consulate in the Sariyer district on the European side of Istanbul, following the gun attack there.Ahmet Akcay, a resident who witnessed the attack, told Reuters that one of the women fired four or five rounds, aiming at security officials and consulate officers. Broadcaster CNN Turk said the officer was a senior member of the bomb squad who had been sent to investigate the attack.Turkey opened its air bases to the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS last month after years of reluctance and carried out its own bombing raids, stepping up its role after a suspected ISIS suicide bomber killed 32 people in the town of Suruc near the Syrian border.
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