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Turkey to Send Captured ISIS Fighters to Home Countries

Turkey to Send Captured ISIS Fighters to Home Countries

Saturday, 2 November, 2019 - 12:45
Turkish military vehicles arrive at the Turkish-Syrian border before a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeast Syria, near the Turkish border town of Kiziltepe, Turkey, November 1, 2019. (Reuters)

Turkey announced Saturday that it would send captured ISIS members back to their home countries, complaining about European inaction on the matter.


“That is not acceptable to us. It’s also irresponsible,” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said of Europe leaving Turkey to deal with the prisoners alone.


“We will send the captured ISIS members to their countries,” he told reporters.


Turkey has captured some escaped ISIS members in northeastern Syria over the last month after it launched a military incursion there.


Ankara launched its offensive against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units following President Donald Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of 1,000 US troops from northern Syria in early October. The YPG helped the United States defeat ISIS in Syria.


Last week, Ankara and Moscow agreed to remove the Kurdish fighters to a depth of at least 30 km south of the border.


Under the deal, Turkish and Russian troops in armored vehicles held their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syria on Friday.


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