51 ISIL suspects detained in Istanbul
At least 51 foreign nationals have been detained in Istanbul for their alleged links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to a police source on May 25. Anti-terror squads conducted simultaneous raids in 11 districts to apprehend the suspects, who were allegedly plotting terror attacks, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Police also seized organizational documents and digital tools linked to the group. Security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to clear ISIL militants from Turkey.
More than 300 people lost their lives in ISIL-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the group has targeted civilians in suicide bomb, rocket, and gun attacks. Source
Turkish military neutralizes 6 terrorists in N.Iraq
Military conducts air operation in northern Iraq's Hakurk region.
The Turkish military "neutralized" six terrorists in northern Iraq, it said on Friday.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
In a message posted on its official Twitter account, the Turkish General Staff said the military carried out an air operation in Hakurk region, a PKK stronghold. Source
Australia’s most wanted ISIS terrorist is imprisoned in Turkey
Australia’s most wanted Islamic State (ISIS) is currently behind bars in Turkey after his apprehension by the Turkish border police in 2016.
Neil Prakash (age 27) was attempting to cross into Syria from Turkey in 2016 when he was finally apprehended by the Turkish border police, the Daily Mail reported.
Once in custody, Prakash revealed to the Turkish officials that he married two women and fathered three children while being a member of the Islamic State in Syria, the Daily Mail continued.
The ISIS member is currently awaiting trial in Turkey and if convicted, he will face a lengthy prison term. However, Australia is currently pushing to have Prakash extradited before his trial in Turkey. Prakash has an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Australia and will face charges for terrorism if he is extradited. Source
34 PKK terrorists on wanted list killed in 2018
At least 34 PKK terrorists on Turkey's wanted list have been killed during counter-terrorism operations since Jan. 1, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday. In a statement, the ministry said a senior member of the terrorist group, who was killed in eastern Siirt on Tuesday during airstrikes, was also among the neutralized terrorists in the ministry’s list of wanted terrorists.
Adnan Celik, codenamed Kendal, was mentioned in the grey category of the Interior Ministry's list of wanted terrorists. The wanted list is divided into six color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange, grey and white.
The statement said since Jan. 1, five terrorists from red, four from blue, three from green, two from orange, 13 from grey, and seven from white category were killed. Fifteen PKK terrorists were neutralized in airstrikes in Siirt and Kars provinces on Tuesday. Source
PKK terrorists on wanted list killed in eastern Turkey
At least 13 PKK terrorists, including two on a wanted list have been killed during counter-terrorism operations, according to the regional governor's office Monday. In a statement, the Tunceli Governor's Office said Fuat Akkaya, codenamed Fuat Fikri, was identified among five terrorists killed during operations conducted in Ovacik district in eastern Tunceli province on May 18.
Zeynal Kucuk, codenamed Sevger, was the other PKK terrorist on the wanted list, who was also killed in Tunceli. Akkaya and Kucuk were mentioned in the grey category of the Interior Ministry's list of wanted terrorists. The wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and grey.
Moreover, the Tunceli Governor's Office said in another statement that eight terrorists were "neutralized" in the rural area of the central district of Tunceli during an air operation. Source
Turkish jets destroy 4 terror targets in northern Iraq
Turkish jets have destroyed four terrorist targets in northern Iraq, the military said on Tuesday.
In a message posted on its official Twitter account, the Turkish General Staff said the airstrikes were carried out on Monday in northern Iraq's Hakurk region. Turkish strikes in this region normally target PKK terrorists. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as the U.S. and the EU.
In its terror campaign against Turkey, which has lasted for more than three decades, over 40,000 people have been killed, including women and children. Source
Turkey: 21 terrorists neutralized over last week
A total of 21 terrorists were “neutralized” during counterterrorism operations across Turkey over the past week, the Interior Ministry said Monday.
Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
In its statement, the ministry said the Turkish Armed Forces carried out 1,388 counter-terrorism operations on May 14-21 with the assistance of land and air forces.
The ministry said 11 of the terrorists were killed, eight others were captured, and two surrendered to authorities.
During the operations, 190 people were arrested for allegedly aiding and abetting the PKK terrorist group and 35 others for their suspected links to the Daesh terrorist group. Source
Two Turkish soldiers killed in PKK bomb attack
Two Turkish soldiers were killed when an explosive device planted by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) went off in the eastern province of Ağrı, local officials said on May 20.
Earlier, the Turkish military said in a statement that one soldier was killed and another one injured, however, the provincial governor’s office confirmed later that the second soldier had succumbed to his injuries.
The Turkish General Staff said the blast targeted a passing Turkish military vehicle in the Doğubayazıt district. Source
54 detained in operation against ISIL militants in Istanbul
The Istanbul Police Department’s Counter-Terrorism Unit teams have conducted a major operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), detaining 54 suspects.
Nineteen locations in 13 districts in Istanbul were raided in the early hours of May 15, Doğan News Agency reported.
Fifty-four detainees were taken to the headquarters of the Istanbul Police Department on Vatan Avenue and digital data and documents found during the raids were confiscated.
The suspects are thought to have been preparing to travel to conflict zones in Syria. Source