Undeterred by Daesh/ISIS, Turkey cracks down on terror


Turkey has shown its determination to the fight against terrorism by detaining 410 Daesh/ISIS-linked suspects and remanding 40 of them in October.

Turkish security forces conducted nationwide operations against Daesh including in major cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Adana to ensure internal security.

According to information compiled by Anadolu Agency, some suspects were produced in court while some were deported to their countries of origin.

Turkey recognized Daesh as a terrorist organization in 2013.

Since then, Turkey has been attacked by Daesh terrorists numerous times, including in 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks, and four armed attacks. These attacks killed 315 innocent people.

In response to these attacks, Turkey has launched military and police operations at home and abroad.

October operations

Anti-terror units in the capital Ankara detained 20 foreign nationals who are allegedly involved with Daesh. 

Two people were detained in Turkey’s central province of Konya for allegedly spreading propaganda about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Daesh leader who was killed in a U.S.-led raid in Syria last month.

Also, 79 suspects were held in anti-terror operations against Daesh across 13 provinces.

Between Oct. 13-15, 146 suspects were detained nationwide. 

A Daesh suspect was arrested when he was trying to enter Turkey from the southeastern border province of Sanliurfa.

Another Daesh suspect, who is a British citizen of Iranian origin, was detained in the southeastern province of Kilis.

Two Syrian suspects were detained and deported in the southern Adana province.

Five Syrian suspects were arrested in the central province of Kayseri.

Three suspects were arrested in Sanliurfa for plotting a terror attack.

Some 31 suspects were detained during anti-terror operations carried out in 10 provinces. Of them, 19 were released on judicial control.

Security forces acted on an intelligence tip and carried out an operation in the eastern provinces of Malatya and Bingol. They foiled a terror attack and detained 13 suspects.

Turkish security forces struck a great blow to Daesh before Oct. 29, the country’s Republic Day.

Some 100 suspects who were plotting to attack Republic Day celebrations in Turkey were detained in operations across 21 provinces.

Also, three suspects who were plotting attacks to avenge the killing of Baghdadi in Istanbul were detained.

Since 2016, some 13,700 suspects were detained within the scope of anti-terror operations against Daesh and over 4,500 suspects were arrested. Also, 75,480 foreign nationals with links to Daesh were banned from entering Turkey.

Within the same period, Turkish security forces “neutralized” 1,018 Daesh terrorists.

Turkish authorities often use the term “neutralized” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Some 1,174 Daesh and 115 al-Qaeda terrorists are in Turkish prisons.

Pending cases

In the southeastern province of Gaziantep, three men were sentenced to six-years-and-three-months in prison for entering a restricted military zone. Three women received two-years-and 15-days of jail time in the same case. In the Aegean province of Kocaeli,

four suspects are on trial for being members of Daesh.

In Adana, a Syrian man is facing trial over the same charge.

*Writing by Fahri Aksut
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