IS militants penetrate into Turkey’s territory
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 14
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization penetrated into Turkey's territory from the Syrian town of Kobani, where fighting is going on between the terrorists and the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Milliyet newspaper reported Oct. 14.
In particular, two IS militants were seen on a mined area on the Turkish-Syrian border.
This is the first time that the IS militants openly cross the Turkish border.
There has been no report regarding the Turkish armed forces' response to the incident.
The Islamic State terrorist organization (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria in 2013 between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country. The IS said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared 'a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, starting military actions against government forces there. In late June 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria.
In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.