Turkey deports Moroccan national for terror links

Ankara continues to deport foreign terrorist fighters to their countries of origin, says Interior Ministry

Firat Tasdemir  | 16.12.2019 - Update : 17.12.2019
Turkey deports Moroccan national for terror links


Turkey deported a foreign terrorist fighter to Morocco, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

In a statement, the ministry said the Moroccan national was sent back to his country of origin as part of Turkey’s ramped-up efforts to repatriate foreign terrorist fighters.

Turkey continues to deport foreign terrorist fighters, the statement added.

The issue of the handling of Daesh/ISIS members and their families detained in Syria -- including foreign members of the terror group -- has been controversial, with Turkey arguing foreign-born terrorists should be returned to their countries of origin.

Ankara has said several European countries resisted its efforts to send Daesh/ISIS members back to their countries, but that it will nevertheless press forward.

Turkey has so far deported 7,500 Daesh/ISIS members, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said early December, adding that there are currently 1,149 Daesh/ISIS terrorists in Turkish prisons.

*Writing by Sena Guler

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