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Northern Syria: Turkey deports alleged terrorists to France


Turkish military arrested numerous foreigners in northern Syria allegedly linked to "Islamic state". Many have been deported since November.

Turkey has deported 11 suspected members of the "Islamic State" terrorist militia with French citizenship. In a Tweet of the Turkish Ministry of Interior is the speech of French "terrorist fighters". As early as November, the ministry said that the people had been seized in Syria.

Turkey launched an offensive against the Kurdish militia YPG in October in the Syrian-Turkish border area, which it considers a terrorist organization. During the military offensive, 287 supporters of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia were reportedly arrested, including women and children.

Source: Washington Post (10/16/2019) © ZEIT GRAPHIC

In November, Turkey had reinforced the deportation of alleged IS members from abroad who were detained in either Turkish prisons or in Syria. This was justified by the fact that Turkey is "not a hotel" for fighters from abroad. In early December, the Interior Ministry announced that Turkey had returned 59 people with alleged links to terrorist organizations to their home countries within about three weeks.

People were also deported to Germany. The state news agency Anadolu reported that a total of 71 foreign "terrorist fighters" had been deported, including alleged IS members from the US, Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands. Among them are said to have been 18 Germans.

The information from Turkey should be treated with caution, because apparently also the number of children, who are deported in the company of their families, is included in the statistics. Only last Tuesday, a suspected supporter of the IS with four children from Turkey arrived in Frankfurt. In Turkey there had been talk of five German "terrorist fighters".

Source: zeit

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