Turkey arrests dozens more in sweep against ISIS, Kurdish militants

July 27, 2015 11:04
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ISTANBUL - Turkish police detained dozens more suspected Islamic State and Kurdish militants in early morning raids on Monday, local media said, amid a crackdown on the armed groups and air strikes in Syria and Iraq.

Long a reluctant member of the US-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey last week made a dramatic turnaround by granting the alliance access to its air bases and bombarding targets in Syria linked to the jihadist movement as well as detaining suspected members in Turkish cities.

Turkish jets also attacked Kurdish insurgent camps in Iraq for a second night on Sunday, in a campaign that could end Ankara's peace process with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Broadcaster CNN Turk said more than 800 suspected Islamic State and PKK members had been arrested in the past week in a domestic crackdown carried out alongside the air strikes.

Some 500 police swept through the Haci Bayram district of the capital Ankara and detained 15 Islamic State suspects, 11 of them foreign, the pro-government Yeni Safak daily said.

Operations also took place in the southeastern city of Adiyaman, where 19 people with alleged links to the PKK were detained, it reported.

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