Kurds release more than 800 ISIS fighters, Turkey says

Kurdish groups in Syria have released from custody more than 800 Islamic State (ISIS) militants and family members, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said.

Turkey is the only member of NATO and the international coalition against ISIS to fight toe to toe with the group, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

The Turkish military entered northern Syria in early October. It said the operation began to battle the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and remnants of ISIS in the country. The incursion sparked an international outcry and economic sanctions from the United States. The Kurds have fought alongside U.S.-led allied troops against ISIS.

Turkey has “neutralised” more than 4,000 members of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the ministry said. The Turkish authorities use the term “neutralise” to mean enemies killed or captured.