Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Turkey: US citizen Daesh terrorist repatriated

Turkey: US citizen Daesh terrorist repatriated

Turkish Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli told Anadolu Agency that a German and a Danish national would also be deported later on Monday while seven German nationals would be returned on November 14. He also said foreign fighters from Ireland, Germany and Denmark were being prepared for deportation.

"We are not a hotel for anyone's Daesh members", the minister, Suleyman Soylu, told reporters last week, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State, or ISIS.

So far, Burger said, German authorities can not confirm that the 10 were involved with IS and, in the case of the person being deported Monday, they know of no link to IS.

Thousands of people accused of belonging to the Islamic State militant group are being held in detention centers or prisons in Syria and Turkey.

It was not clear if all those being deported this week were captured in Syria, or in Turkish territory.

It remains unclear whether Turkey will be able to repatriate those who have lost their citizenship.

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Ankara had earlier criticized European countries for being reluctant to take back their nationals who have been fighting for an IS "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq.

The Turkish offensive prompted widespread concern over the fate of the prisoners, with Turkey's Western allies and the SDF warning it could hinder the fight against Islamic State and aid its resurgence. "This has allowed many (Islamic State) members to escape and they will make their way back to their countries to continue their terrorist activities". "The news is not published, or released much later", the source said. It has vowed to send back IS militants - even if their citizenships have been revoked.

The UK has stripped more than 100 people of citizenship for allegedly joining jihadist groups overseas, AFP reports - for example in the case of teenage IS recruit Shamima Begum.

There was no dispute about these people's German citizenship, he said, and therefore no doubt about them being let back into the country - Germany can't and doesn't refuse entry to its own citizens. "Deal with them how you want", he said on Friday.

Since Turkey recognized Daesh/ISIS as a terrorist group in 2013, the Turkish state has been attacked by Daesh/ISIS terrorists numerous times, including 10 suicide bombings, seven bombings, and four armed attacks which killed 315 people, including police officers and soldiers, and injured hundreds.

Our correspondent says there is a fear that if and when these jihadists are eventually brought to trial in their home countries there could well be insufficient evidence - given the fluid circumstances in which they were captured - to convict them.

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