Turkey Arrests 34 Over Suspected Islamic State Ties

Turkey Arrests 34 Over Suspected Islamic State Ties


Turkish Security Services arrested 34 foreign nationals over the weekend due to their suspected association with the Islamic State. The anti-terror operation, known as Cage-35, took place in Istanbul, Kocaeli, Yalova, Kayseri, Bursa, Duzce, and Yozgat and recovered unlicensed pistols, foreign currency, and ‘digital material’ from the individuals whose nationalities were not made public. 

Additionally, a large number of the detained were revealed to be wanted through an INTERPOL Red Notice, an internationally recognised alert for a wanted person.

Turkish Minister of the Interior, Ali Yerlikaya stated on X (formally known as Twitter), “I want our dear nation to know that; Our state’s breath is always on the necks of terrorists and their collaborators, organized crime organizations, poison traffickers, and criminal centers, and will continue to be on their necks.”


The arrests come after Daesh/IS militants attacked a Catholic Church in the nation’s capital on January 28th, killing one. 

The event on the 28th marks the first Daesh/IS attack since 2017, where 39 were killed and 79 injured after Islamic militants opened fire on Reina nightclub in Istanbul. 

Bianca Bridger
Bianca Bridger
Bianca Bridger is a Political Science Graduate from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Currently working as an Editor for The ModernInsurgent and writing for Atlas News, her interests include conflict politics, history, yoga and meditation.
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