Turkey will begin deporting captured ISIS fighters to their home countries on Monday, according to the country’s interior minister Suleyman Soylu. “Now we are telling you that we are going to send [members of ISIS] back to you. We are starting this on Monday,” Soylu said on Friday.
Turkey holds about 1,200 captured ISIS fighters from different countries, many of them from Europe. Since Turkey began their offensive into northeast Syria they have captured 287 additional ISIS members, including women and children, according to Soylu.
It is not clear how Turkey would even begin to send these ISIS fighters back to their home countries since they are unwanted. Soylu did not go into any details on actual plans.
Many of the ISIS fighters have lost citizenship from their home countries. The UK has revoked citizenship from more than 100 people over links to ISIS and other terrorist groups.
Soylu addressed the revoked citizenship in earlier comments on November 2nd, “Countries can’t just revoke the citizenship of such ex-terrorists and expect Turkey to take care of them; this is unacceptable to us and it’s also irresponsible.”
President Trump has called on European nations to take back captured ISIS fighters that are held in Kurdish-controlled camps in Syria. On October 27th, during the press conference when he announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Trump said, “I actually said to them, if you don’t take them, I’m going to drop them right on your border and you can have fun capturing them again.”