Last updated on November 11, 2019
Turkey said on Monday it has started the repatriation of seized overseas Islamic Condition militants, including a single American that has been returned to the U.S.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu had warned last week that Ankara could start sending ISIS members into their home states even when their citizenship was revoked. Soylu explained that Turkey isn’t”a resort” for militants and declared that the deportations would begin on Monday.
About 1,200 overseas ISIS fighters have been in Turkish prisons, Soylu stated last week.
“A U.S. citizen Daesh terrorist was repatriated after the conclusion of legal processes,” Ismail Catakli, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, informed Anadolu, speaking to ISIS with its Arabic acronym.
Many Western nations have eliminated ISIS members of the nationalities over safety issues, which makes it impossible for them to return.
He added that seven German nationals are also deported after this week.
A legal proceeding for 2 Irish nationals was going to end and they’d also be repatriated shortly, Catakli informed Anadolu.
U.S. officials didn’t immediately comment on Ankara’s statement.
Burger stated Turkey planned to ship seven citizens on Thursday and the other two on Friday.
Burger added they had obtained private details of those German nationals, but aren’t able to state if they had ties with ISIS. He said police and safety services are now looking into possible relations.
He explained to the 10 German taxpayers Turkey intends to ship this week, three are guys, five are women and 2 are kids. Burger added that so much they understand that two of those girls had spent some time inside Syria.
French Defence Minister Florence Parly stated in a radio interview Monday that she wasn’t conscious of any repatriations of French ISIS fighters from Turkey, however, there’s a protocol in place for when that may occur.
Turkey has accused Western nations, particularly in Europe, of being too slow to return taxpayers who traveled to the Middle East to fight ISIS.
Since U.S.-backed forces in Syria closed in on the extremist group’s closing sliver of land at February, Trump stated”that the United States is requesting Britain, France, Germany, and other European allies to return over 800 ISIS fighters which we seized in Syria and set them on trial”
In October, Turkey has established a military offensive in northeast Syria, in which Kurdish forces, allied with all the U.S., held ISIS captives, a few of which was able to escape through the first days of their surgery.
Turkey’s offensive has attracted widespread criticism from European leaders and increased the worries of ISIS resurgence.