Turkey Makes Arrests in Raids Targeting Islamic State Militants

 Police officers patrol at the country's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, following yesterday's blast in Istanbul, Turkey, June 29, 2016.

Police officers patrol at the country’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, following yesterday’s blast in Istanbul, Turkey, June 29, 2016.

Turkey’s state-run news agency said Thursday police carried out raids against suspected Islamic State militants in Istanbul and the western coastal city of Izmir.

{VOA NEWS} – The Anadolu Agency said authorities arrested nine people in Izmir accused of having links to Islamic State fighters in Syria that included support for the group’s finances, recruiting and logistics.

The raids in Istanbul targeted several neighborhoods, but it was not clear if any arrests were made or if the operations were related to Tuesday’s triple suicide bombing at an Istanbul airport that killed 42 people and wounded 239 others.  Turkish officials have blamed Islamic State for the attack, though the militants have not made any claim of responsibility.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday the investigation is ongoing, but that evidence points to Islamic State.  He suggested the attack could have been a response to Turkish efforts to improving relations with Russia and Israel. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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