Turkey repatriates 11 ISIS detainees to France
Turkey's Interior Ministry said on Monday that 11 French Islamic State (ISIS) detainees, what it calls foreign terrorist fighters, had been repatriated to France.
Yabancı Terörist Savaşçıların (YTS) ülkelerine iadelerine devam edilmektedir.— T.C. İçişleri Bakanlığı (@TC_icisleri) December 9, 2019
Bu kapsamda, Fransa vatandaşı 1️⃣1️⃣ Yabancı Terörist Savaşçı, ülkesine sınır dışı edildi.
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Turkish authorities began the repatriation of ISIS detainees to their country of origin in early November. Turkey has captured nearly 300 ISIS members in northeastern Syria since it launched a military offensive on Oct. 9 targeting Syrian Kurdish forces, and there are some 1,200 ISIS detainees in Turkish prisons.
Turkey has accused European countries of being reluctant to take back citizens who travelled to the Middle East to fight for the jihadist organisation.
The Netherlands, Denmark and Britain have recently moved to strip dual national ISIS members of their citizenship, or refused to repatriate them. But Turkey maintains that it would return captured ISIS members to their countries of origin even if their citizenships had been revoked.