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Crackdown in Turkey

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 01:17

Turkish police detain 59 suspected IS militants in raids, although it is unclear if raids are linked to a suicide bomb attack in Istanbul. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT-SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Turkish police detained 59 suspected Islamic State militants in raids across five different provinces on Tuesday (January 12), although it is unclear whether the raids are linked to the deadly suicide bomb attack in Istanbul earlier in the day. Police took part in raids at 22 separate addresses mainly across the southeast provinces of Sanliurfa, Gaziantep and Adana. Twenty-one people we detained in raids in Sanliurfa alone on suspicion of links with Islamic State, the radical Sunni militant group who have been blamed for the attack in Istanbul that left 10 people, mainly German tourists, dead. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamist, leftist and Kurdish militants, who are battling Ankara in southeast Turkey, have all carried out attacks in the past. Turkey, a candidate for accession to the European Union, is part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State fighters who have seized territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq, some of it across the border from Turkey. Turkey has become a target for Islamic State, with two bombings last year blamed on the radical Sunni Muslim group, in the town of Suruc near the Syrian border and in the capital Ankara, the latter killing more than 100 people.

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Crackdown in Turkey

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 01:17