Turkey detains scores of suspected ISIL members

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Turkish police have detained around 100 suspected members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in raids across the country, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

More than 40 Iraqis, some 20 Syrians and a Moroccan were among those detained across six provinces in recent days, including Ankara, Bursa and Batman, Anadolu said.

Turkey has stepped up raids on ISIL militants in recent months and pushed to repatriate them to their countries of origin.

It announced 20 arrests in İstanbul last week.

Turkey was accused of allowing foreign jihadists to cross its border into Syria in the early years of the country’s civil war.

But it took a much tougher stance after a spate of ISIL attacks in 2015 and 2016 that decimated its tourism industry, culminating in a massacre of patrons at an İstanbul nightclub celebrating the new year in 2017 in which 39 people died.

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