Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Ankara would carry out new military operations on its borders. Speaking to thousands of supporters in Istanbul ahead of the June snap elections, Erdogan said Turkish operations along its southern border would continue until the border is cleared from militants, stating Turkey would launch additional offensives like the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations to chase out terror organizations.
Meanwhile, Iranian authorities have decided to halt pilgrimages to holy Shia shrines in Iraq on the weekend of the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections. Traveling across the border will not be allowed during those two days, compared to three days during the last elections in 2014. Those who are already in Iraq will have to remain where they are during those two days before returning to Iran.
Lastly, Carrie Underwood marked a new milestone on Sunday, revealing the first music video she’s filmed since a frightening accident in November left her with over 40 stitches to her face and a broken wrist. The video for “Cry Pretty” — Underwood’s first single from her forthcoming sixth studio album — finds the star, 35, crying before making a triumphant return to the stage and handling the pressures of fame.