Jan 24 2018

13 suspected Islamic State members caught in Turkey – Anadolu

Turkish authorities detained 13 suspected members of Islamic State (IS) in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, after they crossed the border from Syria, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

All of the suspects were foreign nationals, consisting of seven Algerians, two Syrians, two Iraqis, one Egyptian, one Moroccan, one from the Netherlands and one British national, according to the report.

One of the Iraqis, Kefah Basheer Hussain, was the extremist jihadist group’s “Emir of Health”, AA said.

During his interrogation, Hussain said he was among the founders of the Tawhid and Jihad group in Iraq in 2004, took part in al-Qaeda's activities in Iraq and was also among the founders of ISIS, AA reported.

Interpol had already issued notices for the arrest of three of the suspects, including the British and Dutch nationals, and an Algerian living in the Netherlands, it said.