Turkish Government Arrests 70 Suspected IS Members

The Turkish government has confirmed the  arrest 100 suspected members of the Islamic State group (IS) in raids across the country, state news agency Anadolu reported on Monday.

At least 40 Iraqis, 20 Syrians and a Moroccan were among those detained across six provinces in recent days, including Ankara, Bursa and Batman, Anadolu said.

Turkey has stepped up raids on IS militants in recent months and pushed to repatriate them to their countries of origin.

It announced 20 arrests in Istanbul last week.

Turkey was accused of allowing foreign jihadists to pass easily across its border in the early years of the Syrian conflict.

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But it took a much tougher response after a spate of IS attacks in 2015 and 2016 that decimated its tourism industry, culminating in a massacre at an Istanbul nightclub celebrating the 2017 New Year in which 39 people died.

Source: AFP


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