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Turkish Forces Arrest ISIS Terrorist during Intelligence Operation in Syria

Turkish Forces Arrest ISIS Terrorist during Intelligence Operation in Syria

Wednesday, 16 June, 2021 - 07:30
A Turkish special forces police officer guards the entrance of the Presidential Palace in Ankara. (Reuters file photo)

Turkey has announced arresting a wanted ISIS terrorist during an intelligence operation in Syria.


Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) launched an operation to arrest Kasim Guler, also known as Abu Usame al Turki, who was allegedly planning for a large-scale terrorist attack in Turkey by illegally crossing the border from Syrian territory with arms and explosives.


Guler, who is responsible for activities in Turkey, is in the red category of the Interior Ministry’s wanted terrorists' list.


According to Turkish security sources, many documents and confidential information were obtained in his possession.


The ISIS element moved to border areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan during the period from 2008 until 2012 and later joined ISIS in 2014.


In other news, the anti-terrorism police arrested 17 people on Tuesday over their suspected links to ISIS.


The operations were conducted in four states, namely Diyarbakir, Bursa, Mugla, and Malatya.


Diyarbakir prosecutor had previously issued arrest warrants for 19 people, the sources noted, adding that security forces are still looking for the other two.


Forces seized in their possession pistols, digital documents, and banned books, the sources said.


Turkey witnessed attacks by ISIS militants in the country that killed over 300 people in 2015 and 2016.


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