Turkey prime target for DAESH after clampdown on group
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJan 13, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 13, 2016 12:00 am
Turkey was one of the first countries to designate DAESH as a terrorist organization in 2013 shortly after the group emerged as an influential gang of terrorists controlling parts of Iraq and Syria. The country has also been conducting airstrikes against the militant group as part of the U.S.-led coalition and thwarted its attempts to recruit foreign fighters and Turks into its ranks. Eventually, it garnered Turkey a place in DAESH's hit list, which sees almost every country in the world as "infidels," from Muslim-majority states to Europe and the United States.
Turkey prevented more than 27,000 people from 110 countries from entering the country for purposes of joining DAESH through Turkey's Syrian border. Some 2,300 suspected individuals were captured by security forces and deported in Turkey's fight against the group over the past three years. Up to Nov. 27, around 1,200 DAESH suspects have been detained and 350 of them were arrested for membership of a terrorist organization. As a precaution against illegal crossings from Syria, especially infiltration of DAESH members, 383 kilometers of ditches were dug, 73.6 kilometers of embankment were constructed, and 17.5 kilometers of concrete wall was erected along the border with Syria. In addition, 107.8 kilometers of wire were erected along the border. Apart from building walls and fences, security forces provide electricity along a 423-kilometer-long border. Turkey also deployed half of its border troops along the Syrian border, along with unmanned aerial vehicles and reconnaissance aircrafts combing the area for infiltrations. Security forces have captured 207,437 people on the border while attempting to cross into Turkey illegally so far.