Turkey has arrested a Tunisian woman suspected of belonging to the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group and wanted by France, state news agency Anadolu reported on Friday (October 16th).
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Soumaya Raissi, aged 30, was arrested Thursday in Adana (southern Turkey) in possession of a false Syrian identity card, Anadolu said, posting a photo of the woman, handcuffed and face masked.
In Paris, a judicial source confirmed that the arrested woman was the subject of an arrest warrant.
According to the private Turkish news agency DHA, the suspect left France in 2016 for Syria, a country she left five months ago to settle in Turkey.
After her first husband was arrested in southern Turkey in 2016, she remarried an IS member in Syria with whom she had a child.
14 people arrested
14 people arrested
In the years following the start of the conflict in Syria, in 2011, border Turkey was one of the main transit points for jihadists seeking to reach this warring country.
Since the fall of the self-proclaimed ISIS "caliphate" in March 2019, many have gone the other way and joined Turkey.
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Long accused of "let it go, let it go", Ankara now regularly announces the arrest of suspected ISIS members who are in its territory.
The Turkish authorities said they had arrested 14 people in Istanbul on Friday suspected of links with ISIS.
Ankara has expelled since last year dozens of suspected jihadists, especially Europeans, to their countries of origin.
Last week, a French jihadist, Othman Garrido, was indicted in France after his expulsion from Turkey.
The arrest of the suspect announced Friday also comes in a context of strong tensions between Ankara and Paris, linked in particular to the situation in Libya and the eastern Mediterranean.