12 foreign nationals detained en route to join ISIS in Syria
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULSep 12, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Sep 12, 2015 12:00 am
Twelve foreign nationals hoping to join the ISIS terrorist organization were apprehended by security forces on Sept. 11 while trying to cross into Syria from Turkey's southeastern Kilis province.
While conducting operations against smugglers, gendarmerie forces captured 12 foreign nationals including six from eastern Turkistan, three from Libya, one from Sweden, one from Morocco and one from the U.K. The alleged ISIS recruits' computers and mobile phones were confiscated by security officials. After providing their testimonies, they were brought to the Directorate General of Migration Management to be deported.
Regarding accusations that Turkey's border security is inadequate, sources said Turkey shares a 1,300-kilometer border with Iraq and Syria and it is challenging to control. Nevertheless, sources say the Turkish Land Forces Command patrols the land border 24 hours a day with drones and reconnaissance aircraft.
It has also installed lights on a 270-kilometer stretch of the Syrian border, renewed a 1,210 kilometer patrol route, started digging 363 kilometers of trenches and building 90 kilometers of wire fences, and put down 68 kilometers of embankments and 7 kilometers of concrete walls. Sources said more than 48,000 border crossings have been intercepted and 175,000 people have been caught since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.