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    Over 950 Suspected Daesh Members Arrested in Turkey in Five Years

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    Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that around 41,000 people have been added to the list of suspected Daesh members or associates forbidden from entering Turkish territory.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkish authorities arrested 954 foreign citizens suspected of Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) jihadist group membership since the start of the Syrian conflict, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Monday.

    "More than 3,300 suspicious foreigners have been deported, 2,800 detained and 954 arrested [since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011]," Kalin told reporters.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman added that around 41,000 people have been added to the list of suspected Daesh members or associates forbidden from entering Turkish territory.

    "We are taking all the necessary measures to deal with the Daesh at the highest level, the fight against supporters of terrorists is being carried out very intensely," Kalin added.

    An April 12 letter circulated by the Turkish mission in the United Nations last week rejected accusations of illegal arms supplies to the Daesh, a designated terrorist network banned in many countries including Russia.

    Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin, in a March 18 letter to the UN Security Council presidency, named Ankara the "main supplier of weapons and military equipment" to Daesh fighters. The Russian mission said Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization oversaw work of non-governmental organizations in supplying weapons to the terrorist group, mainly involving vehicles disguised as humanitarian aid convoys.

    The letter named a series of foundations funded by sources from European and Middle Eastern countries accused of supplying weapons, including rounds for TOW anti-tank missile systems and RPG-7 grenade launchers, to Daesh militants last year.

    It further detailed supplies of 2,500 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, 456 tonnes of potassium nitrate and other chemical components transferred through Turkey and supplied to the Daesh.


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