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Turkey starts returning IS fighters, deports US national

A Turkish official said that Turkey has started to deport caught foreign IS terrorists to their countries of origin on Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Washington, DC on Tuesday for official talks with his United States counterpart Donald Trump.

Media quoted a Turkey's newspaper as reporting that the USA man who had been repatriated was stuck in a heavily militarized no man's land between the Greece and Turkey border.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has said that Turkey is not "a hotel" for IS militants and that Ankara would begin repatriating IS militants held by Turkey as of Monday.

One suspected ISIS fighter who is also a USA citizen is reportedly stuck in a militarized buffer zone between the Turkish and Greek border after Turkey deported him and Greece refused him entry.

Monday, state broadcaster TRT Haber said that Turkey aimed to repatriate around 2,500 militants, most to European Union countries.

The Turkish-backed forces are seeking to push the Kurdish group, which Ankara sees as a terrorist threat, back from the area near Syria's border with Turkey.

"Jihadists and their families are regularly sent back to France and arrested as they leave the airplane".

Turkey said Monday it had deported two captives from Daesh (ISIS) - a German and an American - beginning a program to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies since it launched an offensive in Syria.

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Turkey has lately increased pressure on Europe to take responsibility for the problem.

Last week Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted as saying there were 1,201 Islamic State prisoners in Turkish jails, while Turkey had captured 287 militants in Syria.

Several European countries have been stripping the militants of their citizenship to stop their repatriation amid fears of a political backlash, concerns about whether they can successfully be brought to trial and worries about possible extremist attacks at home.

A French foreign ministry source told AFP news agency last week that suspected jihadists were often sent back to France from Turkey under a 2014 agreement.

Turkey remains frustrated with Western countries refusing to back its offensive against the Syrian Kurds.

Kurdish civilians flee the town of Kobane on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019, as Turkey continues its assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. Deal with them how you want, ' Soylu warned the West on Friday.

Turkey reached truce agreements with Russian Federation and the United States last month that halted the incursion and forced Kurdish fighters to retreat from Turkey's southern border. "The news is not published, or released much later", the source said.

The ruling was a response to 23 Dutch women being held in detention camps in Syria, calling for their return along with their 56 children.

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