Counter-terrorism police in the southern city of Adana detained three suspects accused of recruiting militants for the Daesh terrorist group. In the early hours of Friday, police rammed through the doors of houses in central Adana in dawn raids against the group. Suspects were in custody when Daily Sabah went to print.
On June 22, Adana counterterrorism police captured 11 suspects, including the Adana "emir" of the terrorist group. Authorities say the group planned to attack İncirlik Air Base, which hosts U.S. and Turkish troops and is actively used by the United States for airstrikes against Daesh in Syria.
Daesh became one of the most active terrorist groups in Turkey over a span of just two years. It has been blamed for a string of attacks in the country, ranging from suicide bombings to gun attacks. In January, a lone Daesh gunman stormed a popular nightclub in Istanbul and killed 39 people during New Year's Eve celebrations. The gunman was apprehended a few weeks later. Last week, police thwarted a suicide bombing targeting a police station in Mersin, a city neighboring Adana, and a Syrian suspect linked to the group was shot dead as he approached the police station.
Turkey is one of Daesh's many enemies. The group emerged in Iraq and Syria, both of which share a border with Turkey. Turkey is tackling an influx of foreign fighters looking to sneak into Syria and Iraq where Daesh controls towns and large swathes of territory. Since the terrorist group's emergence, Turkey has detained over 5,000 suspects and launched Operation Euphrates Shield last year to back Syrian opposition groups fighting Daesh in Syria.