Turkey arrests scores of ISIS suspects in country-wide counter-t


ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – An estimated 190 suspects linked to ISIS have been arrested across Turkey in June alone, according to state-run Anadolu Agency, citing security officials.
Twenty of 188 suspects, including foreigners, were remanded in custody to be tried on various charges.
Some planned attacks were foiled during counter-terrorism raids across the country’s population centres of Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, and Gaziantep, the agency added.
On June 19, a Turkish court sentenced two Iraqi nationals for links with ISIS, according to a police source.
Four Azerbaijani nationals and one Bosnian were arrested on June 15 while trying to cross into Turkey from war-torn Syria. The bulk of the detainees were wanted by Interpol.
In the course of Turkish security operations, a senior ISIS member named Abu Hanzala was arrested.
Weapons, documents, and ammunition were also seized during the raids.
ISIS is on the brink of an ultimate collapse in Iraq and Syria as it is losing its grip on territories it once controlled in the two countries.
The Iraqi government announced last week that the city of Mosul is militarily under the control of their army with a few hundred militants remaining trapped inside.
The group is also suffering as its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa is surrounded by US backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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