“We are not a hotel for ISIS,” says Turkish Interior Minister, Suleyman Soylu, vowing to start returning captured ISIS jihadists back to the countries from which they came.
DW According to the state-run news provider Anadolu Agency, Soylu said on Friday that the IS fighters would be returned to their home countries even if their citizenship had been revoked, although it is not clear whether this will be possible.
Interior Minister says it is ‘unacceptable and irresponsible’ for for countries to revoke the citizenship of Islamic State suspects. “Now we are telling you that we are going to send them back to you. We are starting this on Monday,” Soylu said.
The repatriation announcement comes following long criticism by Turkey of European countries that have been reluctant to take back their nationals who have been fighting for an IS “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.
Several European countries have been stripping the militants of their citizenships to stop their repatriation amid fears of a political backlash, concerns about whether they can successfully be brought to trial and worries about possible e
Britain has revoked the citizenship of more than 100 people for allegedly joining jihadi groups abroad.
In all, Turkey wants to send up to 1,300 foreign jihadis to their homes in Europe and elsewhere. Twenty of them are reported to be German.
In addition to those imprisoned in Turkey, Syrian Kurdish forces are holding around 11,000 IS fighters in prisons in northeast Syria, along with tens of thousands of women and children who are family members. Around one-fifth of the IS fighters imprisoned by Syrian Kurdish forces in northeast Syria are believed to be European.
According to the German Interior Ministry, more than 80 German IS members are imprisoned in Syria and Iraq.