Senior ISIS ‘commander’ among those arrested as Turkey raids hundreds of addresses in Istanbul and carries out its first airstrikes on terror targets in Syria

A senior Islamic State commander was among those arrested this morning during dawn anti-terror raids on more than 140 addresses in Istanbul.

Halis Bayancuk – believed to be the terror group’s most senior operative in the city – was seen being led away from a property in the Bagcilar district by plained clothed police officers.

The thick-bearded jihadi wore a blue dress shirt as he was led into a police station alongside his burqa-clad wife.

Investigators reportedly seized a number of ISIS-linked documents, both digital and non-digital.

The news comes as Turkish jets bombed ISIS positions inside Syria for the first time overnight in a dramatic escalation of fighting after the killing of a Turkish soldier in cross-border clashes.

  • Martin B

    Man and trash bag. The perfect portrait of a Muslim marriage.

  • Ezekiel 36 26

    Should have put the word arrested in quotation marks too in the headline. It’s for show only.

  • Gary

    More of those ” few” bad apples that is giving islam the image that it’s the whole damn Orchard that is poisoned and should be hacked dead at the roots and burned so no more peolpe will be killed from it’s fruit.

  • Maggat

    The big elephant in the room is the Turkish forces using ISIS as a cover to attack the Kurds.

  • john700

    So Erdogan is kosher now?

  • Barrington Minge

    Time to put out the garbage bags