THE STORIES BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Abu Dhabi

London

New York

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Turkey Arrests Danish Isis Suspect Sought by Interpol

Science & Technology

7Dnews London - AFP

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 18:03 GMT

The Turkish police have arrested a Danish woman who is suspected of joining Isis in Syria and is sought by Interpol, a state news agency said on Wednesday, March 13th.

The woman, who is originally from Lebanon, was arrested in the north-eastern city of Bursa, Anadolu agency said, cited by AFP.

Moreover, the agency said the woman, who it only identified by the initials AAM, crossed illegally into Turkey and the police found a fake passport in her home.

At the height of Isis’s self-declared "caliphate", when the militant group controlled parts of Iraq and Syria, Turkey was among the principal routes for foreign fighters who tried to join the jihadists.

Ankara since then cracked down on the frontier and increased arrests and expulsions of suspected foreign Isis fighters.

Meanwhile, a remaining group of militants is still battling US-backed Kurdish forces in the small area, in north-eastern Syria, left since the collapse of its territory.

Thousands of militant families have fled the last Isis bastion as jihadists have surrendered. Among them are the wives and children of foreign militants.

Middle East