ISIL militants who crossed into Turkey pose serious threat: Prosecutor
Mesut Hasan Benli – ANKARA
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants who crossed into Turkey after being defeated in Syria and Iraq pose a serious threat, according to a prosecutor investigating one of the jihadists.
Recent reports said dozens of ISIL militants crossed into Turkey after losing swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, and police operations against suspected jihadists across Turkey were stepped up as a result.
Sihho, who was born in Mosul, was caught in Ankara on Oct. 4 after crossing into Turkey from Syria and was later arrested over “being member of an armed terrorist organization.”
“I stayed in Syria for a month. I absolutely didn’t join the group. I also didn’t receive sniper training,” Sihho said in his testimony, denying accusations.
“These individuals, who have received training from the ISIL terror group and gained battle experience in Syria and Iraq, pose a serious threat in line with their terrorist ideology and in terms of their possible actions,” the indictment stated.
The indictment also included details on ISIL’s structuring in Ankara.