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Turkey: 3300 Suspected Jihadi Fighters Deported


Turkey has deported more than 3300 jihadi fighters. They are suspected of being associated with terrorist groups like Islamic State(IS), says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesperson.

As Turkey buckles down against terrorism, around 41,000 have also been interdicted from entering the country, according to Fox News.

Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that police caught 2770 suspects, including 1,232 foreigners. Of those, 954 are being taken to prosecution. He said that around 2000 people were refused entry from the 9500 interviewed by the Turkey profiling teams.

However, Turkish officials have denied providing any full-fledged information about the suspects’ deportation.

According to Yahoo News, around 900 alleged ISIS jihadists have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in the areas sieged by IS in Syria since January, this is the information passed on by the Turkish state news agency.

The agency revealed that around 370 were killed in Turkish artillery fire and 492 were killed in air raids. Citing some anonymous military sources, the agency did not comment on how and from where the data was obtained.

In past three years, the terrorist organisation has left a mark of destruction in Turkey. But earlier on Turkey has been accused of not taking the IS as a serious threat. But after the series of attacks in the past years, the country has targeted several bases of IS and is closely scanning the number of people going out and arriving in the country.

On May 11, 2013, Turkish town of Reyhanlı was attacked with two car bombs; killing 51 and injuring 140.

On June 5, 2015, the bombing took place in Diyarbakır, Turkey, during an electoral rally two days before the general elections. It claimed four lives and injured over 100.

Earlier this year in January, Turkish artillery and forces targeted ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq, which killed 200 fighters. It was about the revenge of a suicide bombing attacks in Istanbul.

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