Four T&T ISIS fighters captured by Turkish security forces

Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 20:00

Four T&T nationals are among 961 foreign members of ISIS captured by Turkish security forces, according to an article published in Turkish newspaper, Hürriyet.

The newspaper referred to a list published in December of persons captured from 57 countries.

According to the newspaper, "intelligence sources speaking on condition of anonymity said strict measures had been taken at the border to prevent and catch foreign fighters trying to enter Turkey from Syria or vice versa, but admitted it was almost impossible to totally prevent illegal crossing.

According to the list announced in December, China tops the list with 324 citizens caught in Turkey fighting for ISIS. Russia comes second as 99 foreign fighters with Russian passports were caught in Turkey, while the Palestinians made up the third country in the list with 83 fighters. There were also 63 fighters from Turkmenistan, 57 from Afghanistan, and 44 from Indonesia. 

The caught fighters included in the December list came from far afield, with six carrying South Korean passports, five from Australia, four from Trinidad Tobago and two from the Maldives. 

There were also a number of fighters from western European countries, including 19 from Germany and the United Kingdom each and 18 from France. 

While remaining tight-lipped about the overall 2015 list, sources said two U.S. citizens were among the 961 caught and fighters carrying Syrian passports were also included. Sources did not share information about the other two countries among the 57."