Turkey to repatriate 11 French ISIS detainees in early December
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Thursday that Turkey would repatriate 11 French Islamic State (ISIS) detainees to France in early December, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Turkish authorities had begun the repatriation of ISIS detainees to their country of origin in early November. Turkey has captured nearly 300 ISIS members in northeastern Syria since it launched a military offensive on Oct. 9 targetting Syrian Kurdish forces, and there are some 1,200 ISIS detainees in Turkish prisons.
Ankara has accused Western countries, especially in Europe, of being reluctant to take back citizens who travelled to the Middle East to fight for the jihadist organisation.
The Netherlands, Denmark and Britain have recently moved to strip dual national ISIS members of their citizenship or refused to repatriate them. But, Turkey maintains that it would return captured ISIS members to their countries of origin even if their citizenships had been revoked.
Turkish interior minister also said nearly 370,000 Syrian refugees have returned home from Turkey after three Turkish cross-border operations.