Turkish authorities reportedly detained two men suspected of plotting terror attacks in Europe.
Counter-terror units from the Turkish Adana Police reportedly detained Danish-Lebanese national Abdullah El Halabi and Swedish-Iraqi national Tefik Saleh after they attempted to enter Turkey using false identities.
The two men were transferred to a court on Friday and arrested, reports said.
Halabi and Saleh claimed in their testimony that they crossed the Syrian border in 2014 to distribute aid.
But police discovered photos on the hapless duo’s phones showing Halabi brandishing weapons, and both of them fighting alongside other ISIS militants.
Authorities also found the pair had received intense weapons and explosives training in the past three months in Syria.
Saleh, right, and Halabi, left, tried to convince Turkish authorities they went to Syria for aid.
Saleh’s wife is believed to have complained to Swedish authorities after changing her mind to cross the border to Syria with her husband and daughters in order to fight for ISIS.
Turkey is currently undergoing a nationwide crackdown against the warped terror cell – hundreds of people linked to ISIS were detained as part of anti-terror operations.
On New Year’s Eve, an lone ISIS gunman shot and killed 39 revellers in a Turkish nightclub.
The terror group has frequently targeted Turkey for its attacks and a recent video threat depicted a hooded man with a backpack passing police cars and landmarks in Istanbul where ISIS militants carried out a major attack last year near the Blue Mosque.
Turkish media reports police have arrested more than 5,000 ISIS suspects, deported more than 3,200 terrorist fighters from 95 different countries, and refused entry to more than 38,269 individuals since the terror group formed in 2014.
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The battle against ISIS militants (also abbreviated as Daesh, ISIL, IS and Islamic State) continues in the Middle East.
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On Tuesday US President Donald Trump reassured Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan he would support Turkey’s fight against ISIS in the Syrian cities of al-Bab and Raqqa.
The two leaders spoke on the phone, where Trump focused on the “shared commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms”, according to a White House statement.
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