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After having been under observation for some time by Turkish police and intelligence, 12 people suspected of being members of al-Nusrah and al-Qaeda and of planning terrorist attacks were arrested in Turkey on Monday.

The planned primary targets are reported to have been the Incirlik Air Base and US Consulate in Adana, which is where the al-Nusrah/al-Qaeda cell was based.

Two kg of sarin, very powerful explosives, weapons, and grenades are reported to have been found in the suspects' homes. It is also being reported that the 12 arrested included Syrians and non-Syrians and that some of them had received training from al-Nusrah in Syria.

One government official has stated that the gas canister did not contain sarin, that the media should refrain from publishing reports which would alarm the public, and that the chemicals in the canister were being analyzed.

However, the Turkish media - including those close to the government - have continued to report that the canister contained sarin, claiming that their sources were solid.

There are also reports that the cannister and the explosives were from Libya and had been flown on commercial flights from Libya to Istanbul, and then on to Adana.

Six of those arrested have been released and the six remaining in custody are still being questioned.

Note: I didn't write about this earlier because I wanted to see if the claims about sarin were going to hold up in the media.

They are potentially very significant claims and I thought that the media might have gotten unfounded information.

The media, though, continue to report that it was sarin and that they trust their sources.

Also please keep in mind that one Turkish government official has stated that the gas canister did not contain sarin.

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