Turkish police detain 18 over suspected ISIS links

Turkish authorities detained 18 people in the capital Ankara over suspected links to the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group, Turkish news website Diken reported on Monday.

Counter-terrorism unitslaunched simultaneous raids across Ankara to capture 18 of the 20 suspects, 18 Iraqi and two Syrian nationals, it said. Police are looking for the two remaining suspects.

Intelligence reports said they were in contact with conflict zones, according to Diken.

“Conflict zones” could be a reference to Syria and Iraq, in which ISIS once held swathes of territory by 2015, until the militant group suffered a territorial defeat by a U.S.-led international military coalition in 2019. 

Turkey holds ISIS responsible for a series of attacks in the country since 2015, which have killed more than 300 people.