Turkey detains ISIL suspects including 2 wanted by France

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An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 23, 2013 allegedly shows a member of Ussud Al-Anbar (Anbar Lions), a Jihadist group affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq, holding up the trademark black and white Islamist flag at an undisclosed location in Iraq's Anbar province. Attacks in Iraq killed 14 people including six soldiers on August 25, Iraqi officials said, amid a surge in violence authorities have so far failed to stem despite wide-ranging operations targeting militants. Arabic writing on the flag reads: "There is not God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God." AFP PHOTO

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency says police have detained 12 suspected Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, including two women who are wanted in France, The Associated Press reported.

Anadolu reported on Wednesday that the suspects were detained during police raids in the northwestern province of Bursa earlier this week. The group includes French citizens of Syrian or Algerian descent who settled in Bursa after allegedly carrying out unspecified “acts” on behalf of ISIL in Syria, the news agency said.

Five of the suspects will be deported, according to Anadolu. Its report didn’t name the women sought by France.

Turkish police detained over 200 suspected ISIL group followers in the final days of December. ISIL claimed responsibility for a gunman’s Jan.1, 2017 attack at an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people, most of them foreigners.

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