Turkey arrests 17 on suspected Daesh links

Turkish security services raid the house of a suspected terrorist

Turkish security services raid the house of a suspected terrorist 

ANKARA, Nov 8 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Turkish police arrested 17 foreigners on Thursday suspected of ties to the Daesh group, state news agency Anadolu reported.

The 17, whose nationalities were not given, were arrested in Ankara and taken for interrogation by counter-terrorism officers, Anadolu said.

Turkey has highlighted its efforts to crack down on the group following the assassination of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by the United States last week.

Turkish officials said they arrested Baghdadi’s sister this week, and announced they had been holding his wife since last year.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that members of Baghdadi’s entourage were seeking to enter Turkey and that several – “close to double figures” – had been arrested.

In the early years of the Syrian conflict when Turkey was keen to see the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, it was accused of failing to prevent the passage of militants over its border.

That changed following a series of Daesh attacks within Turkey, and Ankara joined the US-led anti-Daesh coalition in 2015. — NNN-AGENCIES