ISIS: 15,000 suspected foreign fighters on Turkish list

Over 1,500 expelled and 1,200 stopped at airports

15 July, 18:50

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JULY 15 - Turkey has barred from its territory some 15,000 suspected would-be 'foreign fighters' wanting to join the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanju Bilgic said. Other security measures have been brought in by Turkey, including the expelling of over 1,500 suspected 'foreign fighters' and 1,200 sent back to their home countries after checks in airports by special risk analysis units. Often accused of being an easy transit point for would-be jihadists, in recent times Turkey has carried out several counterterrorism operations that targeted ISIS members and supporters in several provinces. Bilgic did not comment on press leaks claiming that 'Jihadi John', a British-accented executioner of the US journalist James Foley and Steven Sotloff, had managed to enter Turkey from Syria in recent days. (ANSAmed).

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