Turkish security forces detained 19 Daesh terrorists, including a senior member in charge of terrorist cells who took orders directly from the group's deceased leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Counterterror squads in southern Turkey’s Osmaniye province detained the senior member identified as Husain al-Hassan and five other suspects in raids on a Daesh cell. Hassan was reportedly in direct contact with Baghdadi, who was killed in a military operation in Syria in October.
The terrorists posed as Syrian refugees using fake documents. Three of the suspects, Mustafa Qasem, Husain Aldaher, and Dia el-Shikayri, had fought for the terrorist group in Syria while Muhammad Muhammad assisted in digging tunnels and ditches, and Ubade Hammoud provided medical services to the wounded terrorists.
Turkish Gendarmerie forces confiscated mobile phones, computers and organizational documents used by the terrorists.
In a separate operation, police detained 13 Daesh-linked terrorist suspects who were planning to carry out attacks during New Year’s celebrations.
Two of the detained suspects were identified as Iraqi nationals, while the rest were Syrians, including one referred to as a so-called “emir” and another referred to as a “judge.”