Turkish security forces on Monday have detained nine suspects headed to join terrorist organization ISIS in Syria.
According to reports, teams from Kilis gendarmerie forces detained seven foreign nationals who were attempting to unlawfully cross the border to Syria. The suspects were reportedly transferred to court after their testimony.
Two others were detained in a simultaneous operation carried out by Elbeyli Local Security Chief Office and Special Operations Department of Kilis Police. They were arrested after their testimony.
Terrorist organization ISIS has recently released an eBook on how to 'migrate' to their so-called state, without being detected by Turkish security forces, in response to increased security measures taken by Turkey to prevent the crossing of foreign fighters to join ISIS in Syria.
According to reports, in the past 16 months, Turkish police have detained and deported a total of 560 foreigners in Istanbul alone.
In May 2014, counter terrorism unit of Istanbul Police have established 'interview rooms' in airports, and have interviewed over 2500 passengers suspected to have ties with terrorist organizations.
40 police teams, who were dispatched in airports and bus terminals have received special training in profiling, risk analysis, tracking and interrogation methods. It was reported that the police officers involved in these duties speak other languages such as English, French, German, and Arabic.
Twenty-three questions, prepared by experts, are asked during interviews. More than 550 passengers admitted their intentions to join ISIS and were then deported following these interviews.
A ministry official reportedly said that 20,000 people have been banned from crossing the Syrian border in an effort to prevent foreign fighters from entering Syria through Turkey. In late June the official number for those deported by Turkish authorities was 1,350.
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