United Arab Emirates

Al-Baghdadi’s inner circle trying to enter Turkey: Erdogan

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that members of slain Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “inner circle” are trying to enter Turkey from Syria. Erdogan also said the number of people with family ties to al-Baghdadi who have been caught by Turkey “is close to reaching double digits.” The Turkish leader’s comments were his second effort in as many days to publicize his country’s push to catch IS members who were close to al-Baghdadi. Turkey is facing criticism that its recent military offensive to drive Syrian Kurdish fighters from northeast Syria would allow for an IS resurgence. “All of al-Baghdadi’s inner circle is mostly targeting our countr ...