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Serena was killed in a reported car accident when she was returning from a report scene in the city of Suruch in Turkey’s Urfa province.

She was going back to her hotel in Urfa when their car collided with a heavy vehicle.

Urfa province is near the Syrian border. Serena Shim covered reports for Press TV in Lebanon, Iraq, and Ukraine. On Friday, she told Press TV that the Turkish intelligence agency has threatened and accused her of spying and she fears to be arrested.

Source: Press TV

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Six prominent Pakistani Taliban leaders are featured in a video,
released Tuesday, in which they pledge allegiance to the Islamic State.

Among the defectors is Shahidullah Shahid, the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP)
spokesman. In the 6 1/2-minute video, he says, “From today, I accept Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as my caliph
and will accept every directive of his and will fight for him whatsoever the situation.” He then announces he
and five high-ranking regional TTP leaders, from the cities of Peshawar and Hangu, and the tribal regions
of Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber, have defected to the IS.

The move highlights ideological rifts in the TTP , as well as other militant Islamist groups, as the profile of IS rises. TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah expressed support for all Islamist groups currently fighting in Iraq and
Syria earlier this month, but continued his allegiance to the Afghan Taliban. He has not yet declared a formal alliance with IS.

The TTP is regarded as a terrorist organization by the Ynited States, and is aligned with al-Qaida.