A US national who is a member of the Islamic State group has been deported home, a Turkish official said Monday, as Ankara began repatriating captured foreign IS fighters.
"One American foreign terrorist fighter whose proceedings are completed has been deported", ministry spokesperson Ismail Catakli was quoted as saying by state-run Anadolu news agency.
Ankara had earlier criticized European countries for being reluctant to take back their nationals who have been fighting for an IS "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq. Istanbul revealed that it deported an American foreign fighter and will soon deport another seven Germans.
"A foreign terrorist fighter from the United States has been deported from Turkey after the procedures were completed", Anadolu quoted Catakli as saying.More news: NASA's Maxwell Electric Debuts: First Flight In 2020
Ankara has said that it will send Daesh/ISIS members back to their countries, but several European countries have refused, saying the terrorists were denationalized.
Turkey's interior minister on Saturday said Turkey would start extraditing captured Daesh/ISIS terrorists on November 11 to their home countries. There was no immediate information on the IS suspects.
Turkey launched an offensive into northeastern Syria against the Kurdish YPG militia last month following a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw USA troops from the region.
In addition to those imprisoned in Turkey, Syrian Kurdish forces are holding around 11,000 IS fighters in prisons in northeastern Syria, along with tens of thousands of women and children who are family members.More news: Trump swaps baseball boos for cheers at Louisiana-Alabama football game
The SDF kept thousands of ISIL members in jails across northeast Syria. Many countries have voiced concerns that the Turkish incursion would lead to a resurgence of the Islamic State group. Denmark, Germany and Britain have so far revoked some citizenships.
The militia, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, guards roughly 10,000 suspected ISIS members in Syria in about two dozen detention facilities - including approximately 2,000 foreigners from around 60 countries, not including Syria and Iraq, according to Col. Myles B. Caggins III. a US military spokesman.
The United States said last month that it had killed ISIS's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwestern Syria. Last week, Erdoğan said Turkey had captured 13 people from Baghdadi's close circle, adding that they were being interrogated.More news: Federal regulator opens up investigation into Apple Card over gender discrimination accusation