ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will ship captured Islamic State members again to their international locations even when their citizenships have been revoked, Inside Minister Suleyman Soylu mentioned on Monday, criticizing the method of European international locations on the difficulty.
Turkey launched an offensive into northeastern Syria in opposition to the Kurdish YPG militia final month following a choice by U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw troops from the area. The transfer prompted widespread concern over the destiny of Islamic State prisoners within the area.
The YPG is the primary aspect of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which has been a number one U.S. ally in beating again Islamic State within the area, and has stored 1000’s of jihadists in jails throughout northeastern Syria. America and Turkey’s Western allies have mentioned Ankara’s offensive may hinder the combat in opposition to Islamic State and support its resurgence.
Turkey, which views the YPG as a terrorist group linked with rebel Kurdish militants by itself soil, has rejected these considerations and vowed to fight Islamic State with its allies. It has repeatedly referred to as on European international locations to take again their residents preventing for the jihadists.
Chatting with reporters, Soylu mentioned Turkey would ship again any captured Islamic State fighters to their international locations even when their citizenships are revoked.
“We’ll ship again these in our palms, however the world has provide you with a brand new methodology now: revoking their citizenships,” Soylu mentioned. “They’re saying they need to be tried the place they’ve been caught. This can be a new type of worldwide regulation, I suppose.”
“It’s not doable to just accept this. We’ll ship again Daesh (Islamic State) members in our palms to their very own international locations whether or not they revoke their citizenships or not,” he mentioned.
Soylu had warned on the weekend that Turkey would ship again Islamic State members captured by Turkey to their residence international locations and complained of European inaction on the matter.
America mentioned final month that it had killed Islamic State’s chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwestern Syria, the place Turkey and Russia have troops. Whereas Baghdadi’s dying was hailed by world leaders, together with Turkey, the group has vowed revenge in opposition to the USA.
(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Modifying by Ece Toksabay, William Maclean)