Turkey arrests 865 in DAESH crackdown this year

Turkey's Interior Ministry says since the crackdown was launched, a total of 5,803 people including 2,200 foreigners were detained.

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

DAESH suspects are transferred to court by Turkish counter-terrorism police in Gaziantep.

Updated Sep 1, 2016

Turkey’s Interior Ministry says that Turkey has arrested 865 people since the start of 2016 in its battle against the DAESH terror group.

More than half of those arrested in the crackdown are foreigners, former minister Efkan Ala said on Turkish TV on Wednesday before he resigned.

Since launching the crackdown, Turkey has detained a total of 5,803 people, of which about 2,200 were foreigners, the minister said.

Thousands of foreign fighters from countries including Britain, Europe and the United States have joined DAESH in their self-proclaimed caliphate in recent years.

Cross-border Operation

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has made major successes and cleared hundreds of square kilometres of area of DAESH and YPG terrorists since Ankara’s launch of Operation Euphrates Shield.

This picture taken from the Turkish city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 24, 2016 shows smoke after air strikes by a Turkish Army jet fighter on the Syrian border village of Jarabulus. Image: AA.

The operation is focused on the Turkey-Syria border where Turkey aims to improve security and purge the area of terrorist group DAESH and also stop the YPG’s advancement in the region.

The YPG is the militant wing of the PYD, which is the Syrian extension of the PKK.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO.

Earlier, the FSA supported by Turkish armed forces regained control of Jarabulus after driving out DAESH terrorists from the northern city of Syria.

The FSA has also cleared several villages of DAESH in the area surrounding Jarabulus.

Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in response to attacks on Turkish soil and artillery fires by DAESH on Turkish border towns.

Just a day before the launch of the cross-border military campaign, a series of mortar bombs landed in a residential Turkish area along the Syrian border.

Turkey has also witnessed a number of deadly DAESH attacks over the past two years that killed scores of civilians and security officials.

TRTWorld, Reuters