SAKARYA, Turkey 

A Turkish court on Friday sentenced a senior member of the Daesh/ISIS terrorist group to over 12 years in prison.

The 2nd High Criminal Court in Turkey’s northwestern Sakarya province ordered 12-years-and-six-months jail term for the so-called high-ranking Daesh militant Halis Bayancuk, also known by his codename Abu Hanzala.

Bayancuk was charged with forming and managing an armed terrorist organization.

Turkey was one of the first countries to declare Daesh/ISIS a terror group in 2013.

The country has since been attacked by Daesh/ISIS terrorists multiple times. The terror group has carried out at least 10 suicide bombings, seven bomb attacks, and four armed attacks, killing 315 people and injuring hundreds more.

In response, Turkey launched anti-terror operations at home and abroad to prevent further attacks.

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