Turkey to extradite American IS suspect ‘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 captured member of the Islamic State group


Turkey says it can extradite a US citizen suspected of being an Islamic State militant after he was refused entry to Greece and stranded on the border between the 2 nations.

The alleged militant was caught on the border for 4 days.


He has been named by Turkey’s Demiroren Information Company as Muhammed Darwis B and is alleged to be a US citizen of Jordanian descent.

Turkey is presently expelling numerous international Islamic State fighters.

The nation’s inside ministry stated it had began the method of extraditing the person and the US had agreed to take him again.

The deported jihadists no-one desires
The IS prisoners no-one desires

“Upon ensures that he can be taken again by the USA and that journey paperwork can be procured, the mandatory proceedings have been began to ship him to the USA,” the Turkish assertion stated.

He was deported from Turkey on Monday as a part of a drive to repatriate captured jihadist fighters held in its prisons.

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

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

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

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says 2,500 such militants are in jail in Turkey.

Based on the George Washington College Program on Extremism, 82 People are recognized to have travelled overseas to hitch jihadist teams since 2012. Of these, 19 have returned – 15 males and 4 girls – and 13 have been charged.

A spokesperson from the US State Division stated it was “conscious of studies of the detainment of a US citizen by Turkish authorities” however had no additional remark as a result of privateness concerns.

Who else has Turkey deported?

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

Germany stated one in all its residents had additionally been expelled.

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

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 towards the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) there.

On the time, the SDF stated it was holding greater than 12,000 suspected IS members in seven prisons within the space, no less than four,000 of them international nationals.

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

Why is Turkey deporting folks?

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

Germany, Denmark and the UK have repeatedly stripped folks 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 folks – amongst them the IS recruit Shamima Begum, who left London as a young person.

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

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

Final month the White Home stated it had urged “France, Germany, and different European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters got here, to take them again, however they didn’t need them and refused”.

The White Home stated Turkey would now be chargeable for all ISIS fighters captured within the space.

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

How will the repatriations work?

A French international ministry supply advised 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 often despatched again to France and arrested as they depart the aircraft. More often than not it’s executed secretly. The information just isn’t revealed, or launched a lot later,” the supply stated.

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

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

A German international ministry official confirmed that authorized proceedings involving no less than three males, 5 girls and two kids have been below means in Turkey.

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

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