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ISIL suspect sought on INTERPOL Red Notice captured in Ankara

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A suspected member of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who was wanted on an INTERPOL Red Notice was captured in a police operation in Ankara on Thursday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The operation to detain the Russian national, identified only by the initials A.R., was launched after the counterterrorism police received notice that the woman had entered Turkey illegally from Syria.

Police conducted a raid on the woman’s hideout in Ankara on Thursday morning where they seized digital materials, $4,800, 8,000 Russian rubles ($111) and 16,800 Turkish lira ($1,894).

Sources also said the woman was in possession of a fake Syrian ID.

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 attacks carried out by ISIL.

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.

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