CIA Chief in Turkey for Key Talks Police Detained 4 IS Suspects Seizes 24 Suicide Attack Belts

Police detained four Islamic State suspects who were allegedly planning to carry out a “sensational” attack in Turkey and seized 24 suicide attack belts, officials said Thursday.

The latest detentions came as CIA chief Mike Pompeo arrived in Turkey to discuss the fight against the extremist group in Syria and Iraq, making his first overseas trip since taking office.

The suspects were put under custody in an anti-terror operation in Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, according to Gaziantep provincial governor’s office. Police found the suicide belts — made with 150 kilograms of explosives and fortified with metal pieces — as well as two automatic rifles, 14 kilograms (31 pounds) of TNT and other materials during the operation, it said.

The new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Mike Pompeo arrived in Ankara on Feb 9,

Pompeo, who is paying his first visit abroad, was greeted by Turkish officials and U.S. Embassy personnel at Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport.

Although not officially announced, Pompeo is expected to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart, the head of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Hakan Fidan, before later being received by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. According to the presidential program.


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