MALATYA from Turkey
Turkey continued its fight against the terrorist group Daesh, also known as ISIS, in 2020, dealing a heavy blow and preventing attacks across the country.
Turkish security forces maintained pressure on the group with operations in the country and at its borders, including in metropolitan Istanbul and the capital Ankara, as well as in the western province of Izmir, central Konya and the southeast of Gaziantep.
According to figures compiled by the Anadolu agency, authorities arrested 2,343 suspects, including so-called senior members of the group, seizing large quantities of documents, weapons and ammunition.
Of those detained, 333 have been arrested and many more have been deported, while proceedings continue for many suspects arrested in the last week of December. Still others were sentenced to prison terms after being found guilty by a court.
On New Year’s Eve, five Syrian nationals and an Iraqi were arrested in Ankara for allegedly preparing to attack the police. Four of the suspects have been arrested.
A Danish citizen wanted by Interpol with a Red Notice for alleged Daesh / ISIS membership has been arrested by Turkish intelligence agents in the southeastern province of Kilis, near the Syrian border.
One of the seven suspects believed to be a relative of the slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been arrested in Kirsehir province in central Turkey. Those in the group who were released were handed over to migration officers for deportation.
A Syrian national suspected of being the so-called emir of the terrorist group in Syria has been arrested along with two others for allegedly participating in armed activities.
Two alleged relatives of al-Baghdadi, Mohammed Dhajer Talab and Mohammed Mahmood Mohammed, were found guilty of belonging to an armed terrorist organization and each sentenced to more than six years in prison in the central province of Kayseri.
Four other alleged relatives of al-Baghdadi were also sentenced to six years and three months in prison each for belonging to a terrorist organization.
Four Syrian women, including one suspected of being the wife of a so-called Daesh / ISIS emir, suspected of having links to the terrorist group have been arrested in the southern province of Hatay after entering Turkey since Syria.
Halis Bayancuk, code-named Ebu Hanzala and known member of the terrorist group, was arrested again on appeal after a court ordered his release. Authorities arrested him before he could leave the penitentiary.
A suspect who is among the so-called senior Daesh / ISIS officials in Gaziantep has been arrested. The suspect, who allegedly ordered the murder of two Turkish soldiers in Syria, has been remanded in custody.
Two Chechen women of Russian nationality wanted by Interpol for their alleged membership of the terrorist group were arrested in Kilis during a joint operation by intelligence and police officers.
Four Russian women and a French national wanted with a red notice by Interpol were arrested at the Syrian border for alleged membership of Daesh / ISIS.
Mahmut Ozden, the so-called Daesh / ISIS emir in Turkey, who is accused of coordinating sensational attacks on strategic locations and state officials was arrested in southern Adana province and subsequently arrested .
A suspect was arrested during an operation in Istanbul as he was allegedly preparing to launch an attack. It turned out to be in contact with Ozden and the son of another suspect arrested in the same operation that caught the so-called emir.
In the northwestern province of Sakarya, Bayancuk was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison for creating or leading an armed terrorist organization.
Seven suspects were arrested as part of an investigation by the Ankara Attorney General’s Office. It was reported that one of the suspects was an alleged “hangman” while two had participated in armed clashes.
The assessed intelligence personnel had prepared to launch attacks on the founding of the country on October 29, as well as the anniversary of the death of its founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Daesh member Soumaya Raissi, wanted by France with a red notice, was arrested in Adana province.
During an operation against the terrorist group in Kayseri, four suspects of Syrian nationality, including the so-called emir of Raqqa and his executioner, were arrested.
Eleven suspects were arrested during an operation in Izmir, including a Ramazan O. who allegedly had contact with another person linked to the recent terrorist attack in the Austrian capital Vienna. Ramazan O. was arrested along with two other suspects, while the others were released under judicial supervision.
Four of the seven suspects caught in an operation in Adana have been arrested, suspects reportedly planning to attack state and political party buildings, as well as police and soldiers, following Ozden’s arrest and operations against Daesh / ISIS.
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