Turkey has deported a US national who is a member of ISIL, according to a Turkish official, as Ankara said it started repatriating captured fighters belonging to the armed group.
In comments carried on Monday by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, Interior Ministry spokesperson Ismail Catakli said seven German nationals would be returned on November 14.
Cataki did not immediately provide further information on the ISIL suspects but said they were being held in deportation centres.
“A foreign terrorist fighter from the United States has been deported from Turkey after the procedures were completed,” Anadolu quoted Catakli as saying.
“Travel plans for seven foreign terrorist fighters of German origin at deportation centres have been completed, they will be deported on November 14,” he added.
On October 9, Turkey launched a military operation across its border in northeast Syria, securing control of a large swathe of territory in the region.