Turkey arrests 22 Daesh and Al-Qaeda terrorists in Istanbul and Ankara

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Istanbul and Ankara police have arrested at least 22 terror suspects linked to Daesh, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in anti-terror operations ahead of the New Year.

In Istanbul, police arrested nine foreign nationals with links to al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorists, the Demirören News Agency (DHA) reported on Monday.

The operations were carried out in eight different districts of the country’s largest metropolis. The suspects were transferred to the police station for testimony, according to the report. In the capital Ankara, police arrested 13 other Daesh-linked suspects.

The suspects had been in contact with Daesh in Iraq and Syria or had assisted the terrorists. After giving evidence, they will be transferred to the local migration authority for deportation procedures, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare Daesh a terrorist group. The country has since been attacked by the terror group on several occasions, with more than 300 people killed and hundreds injured in at least 10 suicide attacks, seven bombings and four armed assaults.

In response, Turkey launched counter-terrorism operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks. In May, Ankara arrested an ISIS terrorist identified as the right-hand man of former terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Al-Baghdadi was killed during a US military operation in Syria in 2019. Reports indicate that Turkish intelligence played a key role in al-Baghdadi’s death by detaining and deporting one of his aides to Iraq, which then provided critical information to US authorities. to help locate the vicious man.

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