Turkish forces detain 14 Iraqis in Samsun over suspected ISIS links
Turkish security forces detain two Iraqis suspected of having links to Islamic State, in Samsun, September 21, 2020.
Photo: Anadolu Agency
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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkish security forces detained 14 Iraqis in Samsun province on Monday (September 21) over suspected links to Islamic State (ISIS), state media reported.
Anadolu Agency said Turkish counter-terrorism forces had launched separate raids in a number of areas in the province.
“Fourteen ISIS suspects who are Iraqi citizens were detained,” the agency said.
On September 8, Turkish security forces also detained six Iraqis in Samsun for suspected membership of Islamic State. Last month, the security forces also arrested eight more Iraqis in Samsun. In June, 12 more Iraqis were detained for links to the militant group in the province.
Turkish security forces intermittently carry out raids against ISIS suspects in the country. On July 19, they arrested 27 people in Istanbul linked to the group who were suspected of preparing an attack.
Islamic State has conducted numerous attacks across Turkey, including on a nightclub in Istanbul on Jan. 1, 2017 in which 39 people were killed, and a bombing in the city’s historic heart that killed 12 in 2016.