A suspected member of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who was wanted on an INTERPOL Red Notice has been captured in a police operation in the Black Sea province of Ordu, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.
According to a statement by the Ordu Governor’s Office, the operation to detain the Iraqi national, identified only by the initials M.K.Y.A., was carried out in the Altınordu district on March 23, Anadolu said.
The suspected ISIL member was then arrested by a court and sent to Ordu E Type Prison in the same province.
The Gazete Duvar news website reported earlier this week that Turkey also froze the assets of Ismatullah Khalozai, an individual designated by the US as a financial facilitator for the ISIL Khorasan Province (ISIL-Khorasan), active in Afghanistan and commonly referred to as “ISIS-K.”
Turkey declared ISIL a terrorist organization in 2013 and has been attacked by the jihadist group multiple times since then. A total of 315 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb blasts and four armed attacks organized by ISIL in the country.
A report by the US Department of Defense had said Turkey is still a transit country for logistics, finance and weapons for ISIL despite the country’s efforts to step up the crackdown on the terrorist organization. The 136-page report, submitted to the US Congress, included the claim, based on remarks from the US European Command, that Turkey is still used as a base by ISIL, particularly for money transfers.