Turkish Authorities Detain 36 Suspects Linked to Daesh Terror Group

Turkish authorities detained 36 suspects with alleged ties to Daesh, seizing unlicensed firearms. Türkiye remains vigilant against the terrorist group, conducting operations and airstrikes to combat the threat.

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Turkish Authorities Detain 36 Suspects Linked to Daesh Terror Group

Turkish Authorities Detain 36 Suspects Linked to Daesh Terror Group

Turkish authorities conducted counterterrorism operations across four provinces, detaining 36 suspects for alleged ties to the Daesh terror group. Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya stated that the police seized unlicensed firearms and targeted the group's funding and supply activities during the raids.

The suspects were found to have been active within Daesh and helped fund and provide supplies to the terrorist organization. Police confiscated several unlicensed shotguns and pistols as part of the operations.

Why this matters: Türkiye has been ramping up operations against Daesh-linked suspects since the terrorist group attacked an Italian church in Istanbul in late January, killing one person. Daesh remains the second biggest threat of terrorism for Türkiye, which has deported 9,000 foreign terrorist fighters from the group since 2011.

Daesh operates a Khorasan Province network in Türkiye, seeking new recruitment methods and logistics support. However, the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has thwarted these efforts. Türkiye designated Daesh as a terrorist organization in 2013 and faces security risks from multiple terrorist groups.

Turkish authorities have also conducted airstrikes targeting Daesh hideouts in northern Iraq and Syria near the Turkish border. "Türkiye will continue its fight against all terror groups, including Daesh, with determination," Interior Minister Yerlikaya said, emphasizing the country's commitment to combating terrorism and ensuring the safety of its citizens.

Key Takeaways

  • Turkish authorities detained 36 suspects with alleged Daesh ties in 4 provinces.
  • Police seized unlicensed firearms and targeted Daesh's funding and supply activities.
  • Türkiye has deported 9,000 foreign Daesh fighters since 2011, a major threat.
  • Türkiye conducted airstrikes on Daesh hideouts in northern Iraq and Syria.
  • Türkiye remains committed to fighting all terror groups, including Daesh, to ensure safety.