ISIS members fleeing Syria regroup in Turkey, a video seized by police suggests
A video seized last year containing the images of thousands of ISIS members some of which have since been located by the police suggest that the organization is regrouping in Turkey, Deutsche Welle Turkish reported.
Police in recent months have repeatedly smashed the Islamist organization, detaining on Monday 19 more foreign nationals in Istanbul alleged to be affiliated to ISIS.
DW reported that the increase in the arrests has been possible by means of a video obtained from a member of the organization named Muhammed al Ali, arrested last year in Corum, a tiny central Turkish city.
The video, filed in a court case, was seemingly a propaganda apparatus shot in conflict zones and revealed 3 thousand ISIS members, allowing the police to identify several of them that have since moved to Turkey.
In May, Interior Ministry announced the arrest of three suspected suicide bombers of foreign nationality. The police probe also ended up with the capture of senior ISIS executives in several other cities.
An intervening lawyer of a court case against an 2015 ISIS suicide bombing in Ankara said that the testimonies and evidence throughout the hearing unveiled the ousting of ISIS members from Syria and that the finest readily available country for them was Turkey.
“Recent police operations show that a large number of ISIS members are already here." DW cited Ilke Isik as saying.