A German national was detained by Turkish security forces in Sirnak, southeast Turkey while trying to enter Syria. Patrick Kraicker, 28, was detained in Silopi on March 14 while attempting to cross the Turkish border into Syrian territory controlled by the YPG. Police reportedly seized various documents, digital materials, and photos related to the PKK and PYD.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday admitted the war against Islamic State (IS) extremists is ongoing, expressing his readiness to coordinate with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the disputed territories. In his weekly press briefing, Abadi said Iraqi forces continue their military operations against ISIS militants in the liberated areas on a daily basis. The Iraqi PM confirmed that there are still ISIS sleeper cells that remain active to this day.

Lastly, it will be an odd day in court during rapper DMX’s trial as he is counting on his music to help him beat a tough sentence. DMX and his lawyer have apparently asked the court to allow him to play a few of the rapper’s song during his sentencing for tax evasion on Thursday. The lawyer said the music will help the judge “understand DMX in his voice” since he may be too emotional to speak.