Erdogan: 'Jihadists expelled without their country's OK'

'ISIS terrorist not admitted in Greece not our problem'

12 November, 15:54

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, NOVEMBER 12 - Turkey will continue to expel ISIS foreign fighters even if their country of origin does not accept them, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday. referring to the first jihadist expelled on Monday, who was not admitted in Greece.

    "The American terrorist from Daesh (ISIS) who remained stranded in a buffer area at the border with Greece is not our problem, expulsions will continue", he said.

    "Some countries panicked after we started the repatriation process of foreign Daesh (ISIS) terrorists", Erdogan said, before leaving for the US where he will meet Donald Trump.

    "Turkey has worried about this for years, we are now leaving others to worry about it".

    Many European countries have taken away the citizenship of jihadists who left to fight in Syria and Iraq, making their expulsion to the country of origin legally controversial. A reported 1,201 foreign fighters are currently detained in Turkey, while at least 287 others, including foreigners, have been captured in northern Syria since the start of the Turkish offensive against Kurdish militias on October 9. (ANSAmed).

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