Turkey Arrests 815 ISIS-linked Suspects This Year, Most of Them Foreigners

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

Shi'ite fighters celebrate on a truck with a national flag and a board they seized from the Islamic State group on March 31, 2015, Iraqi city of Tikrit.
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REUTERS - Turkey has arrested 815 people since the start of 2016 in its fight against Islamic State, and more than half of those were foreigners, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said in remarks broadcast on Turkish television channels on Wednesday.

Thousands of foreign fighters from countries including Turkey, Britain, Europe and the United States have joined the Islamist militants in their self-proclaimed caliphate in recent years, many of them passing through Turkey.

Turkey has since launched a crackdown on the networks facilitating their passage.

Since launching the crackdown, Turkey has detained a total of 5,803 people, of which about 2,200 were foreigners, the minister said, without giving a precise period.