Turkey has criticized the stance of other European countries on the issue of accepting back Islamic militants of various nationalities, back into their countries’ of origin.
Speaking to the media recently, the Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has confirmed that Ankara will send back captured Islamic State members back to their countries of origin, even if their citizenship had been revoked.
With the United States withdrawing troop support from many strategic observatory points in Northern Syria, escape for many ISIS held prisoners had become very easy.
European nations are weary of a fact that more than 12,000 militants (including thousands of foreigners) being held in Syrian Kurdish prisons could escape. They would find reroutes into many parts of Europe, increasing chances of regional conflicts.
Turkey launched an offensive after which US had decided to retract its forces. Most European nations are not willing to take back their own citizens, who have joined the Islamic State run militia outfits and in some cases, revoked their citizenship as well.
“We will send back those in our hands, but the world has come up with a new method now: revoking their citizenships,” Soylu said.
“They are saying they should be tried where they have been caught.” In the last few weeks, Malaysia and France have also been contemplating rehabilitation programs for such citizens owing to the fact that this would be best way out to transform the situation of crime and curb any future damage.
The French anti-terror magistrate is keen that militants be sent back to their countries of origin and be given fair trial, instead of being refused entry.
France has not been forthcoming in receiving back its own citizens who had joined ISIS for one reason or the other and would like to now return back home.
Official estimates from the Soufan Center, a security research institute confirm that as many as 1,910 French citizens had joined the Islamic State.
Turkey has also shown immense displeasure over EU nations not keep their part of the bargain to provide billions of dollars of promised financial aid for the displaced Syrian refugees that Ankara has been homing since war.
Currently there are more than 3 million displaced Syrian refugees in Turkey currently.
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