Turkey / Kurdistan: Erdogan suffers electoral setback, Kurdish party clears hurdle. Reuters reports that Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK party (don’t you just love that name?) has pulled in only 41 percent of the vote (as of 94 percent of ballots being counted), meaning RTE can’t count on a government mandate. The reaction of AK and RTE supporters was described as “muted”. Meanwhile Turkey’s Kurdish HDP made a strong showing, passing the 10 percent mark needed to gain a voice in the parliament, and from the looks of things those Kurds are not hitting the “mute” button.
Afghanistan / Pakistan: US drone strike kills 9 Taliban. Long War Journal reports that a US CIA drone strike killed nine Afghan jihadis in North Waziristan, Pakistan.
The US has targeted members of the Afghan Taliban inside Pakistan in the past. The Haqqani Network, a Taliban subgroup that is closely allied with al Qaeda and is based in North Waziristan, has been the recipient of 93 of the 386 recorded drone strikes that have occurred in Pakistan since 2004, according to data compiled by The Long War Journal.