Turkey has blocked access to more than half a dozen Islamist news websites this week, prompting one group claiming allegiance to ISIS to accuse Turkey of persecuting Muslims and warn of unspecified retaliation.

Thousands of foreign fighters have traveled through Turkey to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq in the past few years, some of them with assistance from Turkish smuggling networks sympathetic to the militants.

The government in Ankara has been under pressure from its NATO allies to do more to stem the flow and prevent ISIS networks gaining a foothold in Turkey.

A senior government official said the website restrictions, and a series of recent arrests, were an “important part” of efforts to crack down on recruitment networks.

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