Islamic State suspect deported by Turkey ‘stranded on border’

An alleged IS member stands in a no man's land at the border between Turkey and Greece near Pazarkule, on 11 November 2019Picture copyright
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The deported man is allegedly a US citizen and a captured member of the Islamic State group


A US citizen suspected of being an Islamic State militant is stranded on the border between Greece and Turkey, after Turkey expelled him.

The alleged militant was deported on Monday as Turkey launched a drive to repatriate captured jihadist fighters held in its prisons.


Greek police mentioned they refused him entry when he tried to cross the border close to the Greek city of Kastanies.

The person is reported to have spent the evening caught between the 2 borders.

A Turkish official instructed AFP information company the person had refused to be returned to the US and as a substitute requested to be despatched to Greece.

On Tuesday he was nonetheless caught on a strip of street between the 2 nations and witnesses mentioned he had been attempting to shout to reporters on the Turkish aspect.

The destiny of international IS fighters has been a key query because the defeat of the group in territory it managed in Syria and Iraq.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated that 2,500 such militants are in jail in Turkey.

Who else has Turkey deported?

Turkey’s inside ministry mentioned it had additionally deported a Dane alleged to be an IS member on Monday. Danish authorities mentioned their citizen had been arrested on arrival in Copenhagen.

Germany mentioned one among its residents had additionally been expelled.

Turkey mentioned greater than 20 different European suspects, together with 11 French residents, two Irish nationals and a number of other extra Germans, are within the strategy of being repatriated to their nations of origin.

Turkey has lengthy accused Western nations of refusing to take accountability for residents who joined Islamic State.

Germany, Denmark and the UK have repeatedly stripped individuals of citizenship for allegedly becoming a member of jihadist teams overseas, in a bid to dam their return.

The UK is alleged to have withdrawn citizenship from greater than 100 individuals – amongst them the IS recruit Shamima Begum, who left London as a teen.

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Media captionShamima Begum instructed the BBC she by no means sought to be an IS “poster lady”

On Tuesday UN chief Antonio Guterres referred to as for worldwide co-operation to resolve points round international jihadists, saying it was less than Syria and Iraq “to unravel the issue for everybody”.

The UN has beforehand mentioned nations ought to take accountability for their very own residents except they’re to be prosecuted regionally, in accordance with worldwide requirements.

Turkey has not confirmed whether or not these being repatriated have been seized in Syria, or in Turkish territory.

Some IS members and their kinfolk have been captured in north-eastern Syria in October, when Turkey launched a cross-border operation in opposition to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) there.

On the time, the SDF mentioned it was holding greater than 12,000 suspected IS members in seven prisons within the space, at the very least four,000 of them international nationals.

Family members of suspected IS militants have been additionally being held at a variety of camps for displaced individuals – the most important of which, al-Hol, housed virtually 70,000 individuals.

How will the repatriations work?

A French international ministry supply instructed AFP information company final week that suspected jihadists have been typically returned to France from Turkey below a 2014 settlement.

“Jihadists and their households are repeatedly despatched again to France and arrested as they depart the aircraft. More often than not it’s performed secretly. The information shouldn’t be printed, or launched a lot later,” the supply mentioned.

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A safety patrol escorts ladies, reportedly wives of Islamic State group fighters, at a camp in Syria

Germany’s inside ministry mentioned this week that “it didn’t want to oppose the return of German residents”.

A German international ministry official confirmed that authorized proceedings involving at the very least three males, 5 ladies and two kids have been below method in Turkey.

On Monday a court docket within the Netherlands dominated that the nation ought to take again the kids of Dutch ladies who joined IS – however not essentially their moms.

Some 23 Dutch ladies and their 56 kids are presently being held in detention camps in Syria, AFP experiences.

It’s unclear whether or not Turkey will have the ability to repatriate IS suspects who’ve had their residence citizenships revoked.