Turkey says repatriating 2 foreign terrorists to Netherlands

Turkey has deported two foreign national terrorists and is in the process of repatriating them to the Netherlands, the interior ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry did not specify which terror group the foreign nationals belonged to, however, the move arrives amid Turkey’s ongoing efforts to return members of the Islamic State (ISIS) to their countries of origin, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Turkey was one of the principal routes for foreign fighters trying to join ISIS at the height of the group’s self-declared "caliphate," but analysts maintain the country remains a transit hub for people aiming to join jihadi fighter groups.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoağan has said his looking to repatriate some of the 1,200 foreign ISIS fighters in Turkish detention centres and 287 captured in recent months in Syria, where Turkey in October launched a military offensive.