Published: Wed, November 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Daesh fighter is sent back to U.S. by Turkey

Daesh fighter is sent back to U.S. by Turkey

Mr Erdogan also referred to this issue on Tuesday when warned some European nations that he could send jailed fighters of the militant Islamic State group to their countries of origin if Europe did not change its attitude towards Turkey.

"Ankara is going to use discrepancies between European countries", he explained, pointing to the precedent set by Europe's panicked response to the wave of refugees displaced by the Syrian civil war, when EU leaders chose to "put a lot of goodies on a silver tray" in return for Turkey agreeing to stop the flow of migrants heading for Europe.

The bipartisan group of lawmakers said Turkey's invasion of northern Syria last month "has had disastrous consequences for USA national security, has led to deep divisions in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and caused a humanitarian crisis on the ground".

On Tuesday he was still stuck on a strip of road between the two countries and witnesses said he had been trying to shout to reporters on the Turkish side.

On Monday, Trump sent a second letter threatening sanctions over Turkey's use of Russian S-400 missile defense systems.

Erdogan, however, was more focused with the issue at home prior to his departure as he warned Brussels from desisting to sanction his nation over the exploration.

On Oct 22, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a deal to share control of north-eastern Syrian border areas, giving Syrian Kurdish militias 150 hours to vacate.

Erdogan was responding to EU's statement on Monday that a framework had been agreed to impose travel bans and asset freezes on the individuals and companies involved.

Erdogan again used the threat of "opening the gates" to millions of Syrian refugees that Turkey is hosting, and called for greater support, given its efforts in handling militant prisoners.

About 1,200 Islamic State members are imprisoned in Turkey, the country said.

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"We can not just ask Iraq and Syria to solve the problem for everyone".

On Monday, state broadcaster TRT Haber said Turkey aimed to repatriate around 2,500 militants, mostly to European Union countries.

Greek officials have said Turkey tried to expel the man, a USA national, to Greece but Athens refused him entry.

The alleged militant was deported on Monday as Turkey launched a drive to repatriate captured jihadist fighters held in its prisons. Turkey also plans to soon deport two Irish and 11 French nationals. "Do not try to threaten Turkey over developments in Cyprus", Erdogan said on Monday. It was not clear whether those being deported were captured in Syria or Turkey.

The statement also noted that the United States government had pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they refused. "Those who want to step out of our way will, but those who don't will face the consequences", Soylu said in the southeastern province of Van on Wednesday.

Germany said one of its citizens had also been expelled.

A military US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an internal assessment, cautioned that it remains hard based on the aerial footage alone to definitively determine what occurred in two similar incidents along a major Syrian highway in mid-October. "Then you can take care of your own problem".

Turkey reached truce agreements with Russian Federation and the United States last month that halted the incursion and forced Kurdish fighters to retreat from Turkey's southern border.

On Tuesday UN chief Antonio Guterres called for global co-operation to resolve issues around foreign jihadists, saying it was not up to Syria and Iraq "to solve the problem for everyone".

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