Interior Minister Efkan Ala said yesterday that the two injured people captured in Istanbul were suspected of having links to "terrorist groups in Syria." "The people we call 'terrorists' are injured and are under medical observation. They are trained in Syria," Ala said yesterday. The minister confirmed two people were captured in the operation carried out as a result of intelligence gathering.
Most of them are foreigners. ISIL militants are concentrated in the northern provinces of Syria bordering Turkey, as well as eastern Syria. Initially, they were involved in suicide bombings targeting regime forces, but their relations with other factions opposing the Assad regime became tense as the opposition forces became divided over the past three years.
Caşın noted ISIL was likely supported by various countries and those countries' intelligence services. "They suddenly emerged as a new terrorist organization and their number is growing.
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