Turkey announced on Monday that it had begun the process of deporting foreign jihadists to their countries with the expulsion of an American and expects to deport more than 20 Europeans in this campaign.

“An American terrorist fighter has departed from Turkey” on Monday and is expected to deport a German jihadist and a Danish citizen on Monday, Anatolia news agency quoted Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Katakli as saying.

On Thursday, seven Germans will be deported, while measures are being taken to expel 11 French, two Irish and two more Germans.

In Berlin, the German government confirmed Turkey’s deportation of two Germans on Monday and the deportation of seven others on Thursday and Monday.

These are three men, five women and two children, according to the same source.

The German Foreign Ministry said it was “not yet certain that they were fighters in ISIS”.

Turkey has criticized Western countries for refusing to reclaim their citizens who have joined the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and revoke citizenship.

Last week, Interior Minister Suleiman Sweilo said Turkey had 1,200 foreign jihadis from the Islamic State and captured 287 during its recent military operation in northern Syria.

It is unclear whether the deportees this week were captured in Syria or in Turkish territory.

“We tell you now that we will bring them back to you.

We’ll start that Monday”.

“There is no need to turn around”, he said in a speech in Ankara.

We’ll send you ISIS operatives.

They’re yours, do whatever you want”.

In recent years, Turkey has deported captured jihadists, but has recently increased pressure on Europe to take responsibility.

The move comes after Turkey’s attack last month on northeastern Syria against the YPG, which captured thousands of ISIS operatives and their families.

Turkey has said it will take over captured jihadists in areas it has seized from the Kurds but has asked for more help from Europe.

It is unclear whether Turkey will be able to return the jihadists whose citizenship has been revoked.

Over the weekend, a French Foreign Ministry source told AFP that jihadists were often returned to France under an agreement with Turkey in 2014 and that it was working well.

“The jihadists and their families are regularly deported to France and detained upon leaving the plane”, the source said.

In most cases, the process is conducted in confidence.

The report is not published or disclosed later”.

A source close to the dossier said the people Ankara says it intends to deport are “mostly women in Turkey for a long time or recently”.

Although under the 1961 New York Convention it is illegal to revoke citizenship from a person, but many countries, including Britain and France, have not ratified it, and cases have recently provoked long legal battles.

Britain stripped more than 100 people of their nationality on suspicion of joining jihadist groups abroad.

Prominent cases such as the case of British young woman Shamima Begum and Jack Lets have triggered lengthy court proceedings and a heated political debate in Britain.

Tunisian reports spoke of some 400 Tunisian detainees expected to be deported.

However, the Turkish ambassador in Tunisia today pointed out that the statements of the Turkish Interior Minister on the deportations are addressed to some European countries that have expressed their refusal to receive their citizens involved with the extremist group “Daesh” who were arrested on the border with Syria or inside Turkey.

“The situation with Tunisia and the Tunisian citizens is very different because there has been excellent cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism, which is our priority in Turkey and Tunisia in order to fight IS”, Ambassador Ali Olunar told Radio Tunis International today.

“If Tunisia hopes to deport some of its citizens, this is done within the framework of cooperation between the two countries, I would say that the figures circulated are just a rumor”, he added.

The ambassador also stressed that “the authorities in Tunisia and Turkey are only concerned with these figures and are in contact so that the fight against ISIS is in the best possible way between the two countries”.

At the beginning of 2018, the Tunisian authorities revealed that a total of more than 2,900 Tunisians fighting abroad, mostly in Syria, are suspected of entering Syria across the Turkish border.

There are no precise figures on the number of Tunisians returning from conflict zones, but in 2014 the Interior Ministry revealed the return of some 400 jihadis among those who had been veteran in fighting and carrying explosive belts and declared them to be under surveillance by the security services.

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