Turkish police arrest 5 suspected of al-Qaida ties

Group leader was part of anti-US insurgency in Afghanistan; another designed a computer program to jam flight controls of unmanned aircraft.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 22, 2010 12:27
1 minute read.
Al qaida operative on a camel

al qaida camel 58. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For a symbolic $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Don't show it again

Turkish police arrested five students who allegedly aided al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Reuters reported on Friday.

The five men were reportedly taken to court on Friday after being arrested two days earlier.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
29 al-Qaida suspects arrested in Turkey
Al-Qaida warns of new, deadlier attacks

The group's leader had been arrested before, and was part of the insurgency against US troops in Afghanistan.

Another suspect, Reuters reported, is a 23-year-old mathematics student who reportedly made bombs and designed computer programs that jam flight controls of unmanned aircraft.

Other suspects raised money for al-Qaida.

In July, Turkish police detained 29 people suspected of links to the al-Qaida, and in January, police rounded up 120 people.



Police were been on alert against suspects since homegrown Islamic militants tied to al-Qaida carried out suicide bombings in Istanbul in 2003, killing 58 people.

In 2008, an attack blamed on al-Qaida-affiliated militants outside the US Consulate in Istanbul left three assailants and three policemen dead.

AP contributed to this report.


Related Content

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) duri
June 24, 2018
BREAKING: Erdogan declares victory in elections

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN, REUTERS