Turkey to send foreign ISIS prisoners home even if citizenships revoked – Interior Minister
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Monday that Turkey would return captured Islamic State (ISIS) members to their countries of origin even if their citizenships had been revoked, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Soylu accused European countries of revoking ISIS members’ citizenships in order to pass the responsibility of dealing with them on to Turkey.
“They should not worry, we will send back Daesh members in our hands to their own countries whether they revoke their citizenships or not,” Soylu said, using the Arabic term for ISIS.
Some 2,000 foreign ISIS fighters and 11,000 of their family members are being held in Kurdish-controlled detention camps scattered throughout northeast Syria.
Turkey has captured 287 ISIS members in northeastern Syria since it launched a military offensive on Oct. 9 and there are some 1,200 ISIS detainees in Turkish prisons, Soylu said.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Oct. 6 announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeast Syria and said that ISIS detainees in the region would become Turkey’s responsibility.