Turkey sends back 830 European jihadists over 2 years

Anti-terror teams established to focus on ISIS militants,sources

11 September, 12:47

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, SEPTEMBER 11 - Turkey has captured and deported 830 citizens of European countries attempting to cross into Syria to fight with the Islamist jihadists over the past two years, as daily Hurriyet reports today. Turkey has established specialist anti-terror teams focusing on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) militants, who have seized large swathes of territory across neighboring Syria and Iraq.

    In the past two years, Turkey has captured 830 European citizens who attempted to enter Syria via Turkey to join ISIS.

    Turkey also filed search warrants for 2,000 people who are thought to have joined the jihadist ISIS militants.

    European countries have recently started to share information with Turkey about jihadist militants suspected of entering Syria through Turkey. Several European states, including Germany, Britain, France, Holland and Belgium, have reportedly shared with Turkey information about 4,700 people via Interpol. Turkey has shared this list with its intelligence and anti-terror units, as well as its security forces on the borders, in a bid to halt potential jihadists. Anti-terror teams and intelligence units have focused on border-crossings, airports, and bus and train terminals, while new teams have been established at border-crossing points.(ANSAmed).

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