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Turkey arrests 21 in IS dawn raids

  • 10 July 2015
  • From the section Europe
Anti-terror police detain an alleged member of Islamic State (centre) in Istanbul, Turkey (10 July 2015)
This suspect (centre) was arrested in Istanbul

Turkish authorities have arrested 21 suspected members of the Islamic State group, according to state media.

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Addresses in Istanbul and nearby Kocaeli, as well as locations near the Syrian border, were raided early on Friday morning.

Three of those detained are foreigners who were allegedly planning to cross into Syria.

Turkey has been accused of not doing enough to stop the flow of foreign fighters across its long Syrian border.

The Turkish government rejects those accusations. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that the country had deported 1,300 foreigners thought to have links to IS.

The Turkish citizens arrested in Friday’s raids are suspected of recruiting foreign nationals to join the militant group.

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