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Turkey to deport 7 more Daesh terrorists

Turkey starts deporting foreign-national terrorists on Monday, Turkish Interior Ministry announced

Erdoğan Çağatay Zontur   | 12.11.2019
Turkey to deport 7 more Daesh terrorists

ANKARA

Turkey started repatriating captured Daesh/ISIS terrorists to their home countries, according to Turkey’s Interior Ministry.

A total of three foreign terrorists -- citizens of Germany, Denmark and the U.S. -- were deported from Turkey on Monday, spokesman Ismail Catakli told Anadolu Agency.

The Danish terrorist was arrested in Copenhagen Airport on Monday, according to Copenhagen Police.

The legal proceedings are nearing completion for two Irish terrorists caught in Syria, and were also soon to be repatriated, Catakli said, adding: "The legal proceedings for 11 French-national terrorists who had been captured in Syrian territory are in progress."

On Monday, a German Foreign Ministry official confirmed that the country would take back 10 Daesh/ISIS suspects of German citizenship, along with their wives and children, who were captured by Turkish authorities.

Deputy spokesman Christofer Burger said Turkish authorities informed them they would deport the German citizens to their country this week, adding: "German authorities have verified the identities of these three men, five women, and two children."

Another seven Daesh/ISIS members captured on Nov. 8 in a counter-terror operation in the southern Adana province will be deported to their home countries, Adana prosecutors said Tuesday.

Ankara told Europe that it would send Daesh/ISIS members back to their countries, though some European countries have refused, saying they had stripped terrorists of their citizenship.

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 repatriated to their countries of origin.

Underlining Turkey’s determination to fight Daesh/ISIS, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that over the years, Turkey barred the entry of 76,000 members of the terror group.

Turkey has so far deported 7,500 Daesh/ISIS members, Erdogan said, adding that it currently held 1,149 Daesh/ISIS terrorists in its prisons.

Since Turkey recognized Daesh/ISIS as a terrorist group in 2013, the Turkish state has been attacked by Daesh/ISIS terrorists numerous times, including 10 suicide bombings, seven bombings, and four armed attacks which killed 315 people, including police officers and soldiers, and injured hundreds.

In response to the attacks, Turkey launched anti-terror operations at home and abroad, neutralizing 3,500 Daesh/ISIS terrorists and arresting 5,500.

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