Monday, December 30, 2019

Turkey arrests 70 IS suspects ahead of New Year

No less than 70 people suspected to have ties to Islamic State in nationwide raids have been arrested by the Turkish police early on Monday ahead of New Year celebrations, state media reports.

The arrest happened two months after the killing of the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Donald Trump of the United States of America announced on Oct. 27 that Islamic State leader Baghdadi had been killed in a raid by U.S. Special Forces in northwest Syria, near the Turkish border.

Two days later, Turkish police detained dozens of Islamic State suspects believed to have been plotting attacks targeting celebrations of Turkey’s Republic Day celebrations.

The government has said it will have repatriated most of its Islamic State detainees to their home countries by the end of the year.