Mar 13 2019

Turkish police arrest ISIS suspect sought by Interpol

Turkish police on Wednesday arrested a Danish woman suspected of joining the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The woman, who is sought by Interpol and of Lebanese descent, was arrested in the northeastern city of Bursa, the agency said.

The suspect had crossed illegally into Turkey, Anadolu said, noting that police found a fake passport in her home.

Turkey was one of the principal routes for foreign fighters trying to join ISIS at the height of the group’s self-declared "caliphate."

While the number of foreign ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria has dropped sharply over the past few years, the extreme jihadist group still attracts about 100 new foreign fighters each month, according to the Institute for the Study of War. 

Ankara intensified its crackdown on ISIS following a deadly 2017 New Year's Eve attack on İstanbul's Reina nightclub that claimed the lives of  39 and left 79 injured.