Turkish police forces detained 11 suspects during anti-terror operations against DAESH terrorist organization on Wednesday in Istanbul.
The wide scale operations in Istanbul which were supported by helicopters targeted 20 different addresses in Bagcilar, Umraniye, Esenler, Silivri and Bahcelievler districts.
Police units fastidiously searched the houses of suspects in these locations.
Security forces reported that 7 of 11 detained suspects were foreign nationals, adding that the number of detentions could rise as the operations continue.
Turkish security forces have been carrying out scores of operations against DAESH in several provinces of Turkey since late October, following the deadliest attack in the modern history of the country that took place in the capital city of Ankara on Oct. 10.
Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office of Ankara issued an extensive statement on Oct. 28 concerning the Ankara bombings, indicating that the attacks were plotted by the DAESH terrorist organisation and that the suicide bombers received the order to carry out the attack from DAESH members in Syria.
The bombing targeted a march organised by leftist labor unions and political parties, killing 102 people and injuring more than 500, according to the Turkish authorities.
Davutoglu calls for ‘integrated strategy’ against DAESH
Meanwhile, with respect to the struggle against DAESH, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday said that “an integrated strategy” is needed to fight against the terrorist organisation in Syria, emphasising that operations must include “air campaigns and ground troops."
"We need an integrated strategy including air campaign and ground troops. But Turkey alone cannot take all this burden. If there is a coalition and a very well-designed, integrated strategy, Turkey is ready to take part in all sense," Davutoglu added.
PM Davutoglu also indicated that in order for Turkey to be more involved in the fight against DAESH, an international coalition agreement is necessary to fight “all groups and regimes creating this vacuum and creating this problem” referring to the Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad and his regime, whose forces have killed tens and thousands of civilians with indiscriminate attacks during the five-year long Syrian civil war.