Turkey will send foreign ISI jihadists home from Monday: Minister Suleyman Soylu
ISTANBUL: Turkey It will begin sending foreign jihadists to their home countries next week, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told the state news agency Anadolu on Friday. Now we are telling you that we will return them. We will start this on Monday, Soylu said, referring to the members of the Islamic State (IS) group.
Earlier this week, Soylu said Turkey had nearly 1,200 foreign members of IS in custody, and had captured 287 during its recent operation in northern Syria .
Turkey has criticised Western countries for refusing to repatriate their citizens who left to join IS in Syria and Iraq and strip some of them of their citizenship.
It remains unclear whether Turkey will be able to repatriate those who have lost their citizenship.
Although under the NY 1961 Convention, it is illegal to leave someone stateless, several countries, including Britain and France , they have not ratified it, and recent cases have triggered prolonged legal battles.
Britain has stripped more than 100 people of its citizenship for allegedly joining jihadist groups abroad.
High-profile cases such as IS's teenage recruit, Shamima Begum, and another alleged recruit, have provoked legal proceedings and fierce political debate in Britain.