|Carnage: Police officers and forensics teams inspect the scene of a car bomb attack on a police station in the Sultanbeyli District of Istanbul|
Turkey's largest city Istanbul was shaken by twin attacks on the US consulate and a police station that killed one senior officer, while five police were killed in the southeastern Sirnak province in an escalating cycle of violence.
The government is waging a two-pronged 'anti-terror' offensive against Islamic State jihadists and militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) following a spate of attacks in the country.
But so far air strikes have overwhelmingly focused on the Kurdish militants, who have struck back by attacking the Turkish security forces and leaving a 2013 ceasefire in tatters.
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