Planned drone attack on U.S. base in Turkey uncovered

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2017

"Today Turkish media reported the detention of Russian national Renat Bakiev on the Turkish territory on suspicion ... of terrorist activities".

The Russian allegedly planned to target an aircraft at the Incirlik air base, in Turkey - a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation base from which the United States launches air strikes against ISIS in Syria.

Ankara has detained more than 5,000 Islamic State suspects and deported some 3,290 foreign militants from 95 different countries in recent years, according to Turkish officials.

Turkish law enforcement has detained a Russian citizen suspected of planning to down American military aircraft using a drone, Turkish media reports.

Bakiev, who is said to have spent time in Syria, had also planned to attack the local Alevi community in Adana. It said he was affiliated with IS and had previously traveled to Syria.

The Alevi religious minority, an offshoot of Shia Islam, is the largest religious group in Turkey after Sunnis.

Renat Bakiev is accused of seeking to stage an attack at "the Incirlik airbase or a plane stationed there", according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

The suspect appealed for nearly $800 from other extremists on the Telegram messaging app - which ISIS sympathizers use widely - to buy a drone, police said. ISIS considers Alevis as heretics.

The private Dogan news agency said during his questioning that he allegedly defended the need to kill Alevis and considered them "enemies of Allah", the statement said.

Turkey has been a partner in the USA -led coalition against Islamic State forces, providing the coalition with access to Incirlik air base to wage strikes against the militants.

IS militants have used armed drones to deadly effect in Iraq and Syria, converting commercial drones to carry small explosives.

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