Turkey Detains 18 Al Qaeda Suspects Ahead of G20 Summit

Turkey has said it will defend itself from any external threats posed by Al Qaeda. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ANKARA, Nov 10: Turkish police detained 18 people on Tuesday suspected of recruiting fighters for Syria’s Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, media said, days before world leaders were due to meet at a G20 summit in southern Turkey.

The suspects included two women and a number of people who had crossed into Turkey after being wounded fighting the war in neighboring Syria, according to Hurriyet Daily News’ website.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are due to join other leaders at the summit from Nov. 15-16 in Antalya, a city on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast about 800 km (500 miles) from the Syrian border.

The Nusra Front, which is the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda, is listed as a terrorist group by the United States.


In other news from Turkey: it will respond by air and land to any threats emerging from neighboring Syria, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday, without naming potential sources for any such threats.

Davutoglu also said in an interview broadcast live by TRT that he and Obama have discussed the need for a new strategy towards Daesh.

Turkey should play a bigger role in the coalition fighting the extremists, active in Syria and Iraq, Davutoglu added.

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