Scores of Daesh sus­pects de­tained across na­tion

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A NA­TION­WIDE crack­down on pos­si­ble Daesh mem­bers net­ted more than 200 sus­pects on Thurs­day and Fri­day. The po­lice said 82 for­eign na­tion­als who were aim­ing to join the ter­ror­ist group in Syria were among those de­tained.

PO­LICE on Thurs­day and Fri­day de­tained more than 200 peo­ple in na­tion­wide op­er­a­tions against Daesh. Among those de­tained on Fri­day in Is­tan­bul are 82 for­eign­ers who were plan­ning to go to Syria via Turkey to join the group.

The lat­est crack­down took place hours be­fore Turkey marked the an­niver­sary of the coun­try’s found­ing leader Mustafa Ke­mal Atatürk’s death, which was marked with high-pro­file cer­e­monies across the coun­try. On Thurs­day, at least 101 Daesh-linked sus­pects were de­tained in the cap­i­tal Ankara. On Fri­day, more than 100 peo­ple linked to the group were de­tained in na­tion­wide op­er­a­tions.

In Is­tan­bul, 82 for­eign na­tion­als were taken into cus­tody in dawn op­er­a­tions in the city’s Beykoz, Bağcılar, Fatih, Küçükçek­mece, Pendik, San­cak­tepe and Şişli dis­tricts. Me­dia re­ported that they were se­cretly plan­ning to travel to Syria to join the group. Turkey shares a long bor­der with Syria. In the south­ern city of Adana near the Syr­ian bor­der, po­lice ar­rested 11 Syr­ian na­tion­als with links to Daesh. Nine sus­pects were ap­pre­hended in Trab­zon in the north, also on Fri­day, while se­cu­rity forces de­tained seven in the western city of İzmir.

Turkey has been tar­geted by a wave of deadly Daesh at­tacks since 2015. The coun­try has de­ported more than 5,000 Daesh sus­pects and 3,290 for­eign ter­ror­ists from 95 coun­tries in re­cent years while dis­man­tling ter­ror­ist cells and safe houses pro­vid­ing lo­gis­ti­cal as­sis­tance to the ter­ror­ist group in Syria and Iraq or plot­ting at­tacks in­side the coun­try.

Its ef­forts against Daesh made Turkey a pri­mary tar­get for the ter­ror­ist group, which car­ried out nu­mer­ous gun and bomb at­tacks tar­get­ing se­cu­rity forces and civil­ians, in­clud­ing the coun­try’s dead­li­est ter­ror­ist at­tack, which killed 102 peo­ple and wounded 400 oth­ers in a twin sui­cide bomb­ing at a peace rally in Ankara on Oct. 10, 2015.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, on Fri­day a court in the north­west­ern city of Sakarya ap­proved an in­dict­ment against Halis Bayan­cuk, a sus­pected se­nior fig­ure of the ter­ror­ist group in Turkey. Bayan­cuk, also known with the alias “Ebu Han­zala,” faces ag­gra­vated life im­pris­on­ment on ter­ror­ism charges. He is among 11 sus­pects charged with Daesh mem­ber­ship. Pros­e­cu­tors ac­cuse him of spread­ing pro­pa­ganda for the ter­ror­ist group dur­ing his time in Sakarya where he or­ga­nized meet­ings with Daesh sym­pa­thiz­ers. He is sched­uled to ap­pear be­fore the court on Dec. 15.

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