Turkey intends to deport seven German fighters of the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) to Germany later this week. They were detained in detention centers and were to be sent back on 14 November, a Turkish Interior Ministry spokesman said, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu. Turkey has already deported an IS fighter from the USA.

Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu announced last week that the government in Ankara will start returning captive IS fighters to their home countries earlier this week, even if their citizenship was revoked.

According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, there are currently 1,149 supporters of the IS in Turkish prisons. Of these, 737 are foreign citizens. Communication Director Erdoğan, Fahrettin Altun, told the Stuttgarter Zeitung over the weekend that Turkey also wanted to deport 20 German IS supporters.

The controversial Turkish military operation against the Kurdish militia YPG in northeastern Syria recently allowed several IS fighters to flee from Kurdish captivity. Turkey, however, arrested some of them again. Several European countries have so far refused to recapture IS members who had captured the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by the Kurdish militia YPG in northern Syria.