ERBIL — A total of 174 Islamic State (IS) militants from Turkey have surrendered to the Joint Iraqi Forces and the Kurdish Peshmergas since the liberation of Mosul and its neighboring town of Tel Afar.
Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MIT) is in close surveillance of the situation regarding the Turkish nationals, who voluntarily surrendered to the Iraqi authorities with their families, Hurriyet Daily reported.
The security level near the Turkish borders with Syria and Iraq has been increased, due to the high threat of returning to their country IS members.
However, the Turkish intelligence units are also trying to track down the IS members through online websites and social media accounts, as according to information obtained by the MIT, the IS "commanders" sent encrypted messages to IS members ordering them to stage attacks in the places where they are located.
The information reportedly suggests that Turkey is on the list of places to be targeted by the IS extremist group.
Many experts consider that this significant threat is a result of the ongoing fight against the group in both Syria and Iraq, where the jihadists continue losing more grounds and members.