American IS Suspect Repatriated from Turkish-Greek Border

An man who is identified by Turkish news reports as a U.S. citizen who has been deported by Turkey and is now stuck in the heavily militarized no-man's land between Greece and Turkey, after Greece refused to take him in, near Pazarkule border gate, Edirne, Turkey, Monday Nov. 11, 2019. (DHA via AP)

ANKARA— An American citizen suspected of being an Islamic State group member was deported to the U.S. on Friday after spending five days in no man’s land between Turkey and Greece, the Turkish interior minister said.

Suleyman Soylu said the suspect — identified by local media as 39-year-old Muhammad Darwis B. — had been put on a plane to the U.S. from Istanbul “a short time ago.”

Two German IS suspects were also removed from Turkey on Friday, the minister added. He did not specify where in the U.S. the American suspect had been sent or the destinations of the other two suspects.

Since the start of the week, Ankara has stepped up the return of suspected foreign IS members back to their countries of origin. Earlier cases saw suspects sent to Denmark, Germany and the U.K. Other deportations involving Irish, German and French citizens are pending.

The U.S. citizen, who is of Jordanian origin, had been left between Turkey’s Pazarkule border gate and the Greek frontier at Kastanies since Nov. 11.

On Thursday, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said repatriation was underway after the U.S. agreed to accept him and provided travel documents. He initially asked to be sent to Greece from Turkey, but Athens refused to take him in.

Following European criticism of its military incursion into northern Syria and an EU decision to impose sanctions over drilling for gas off Cyprus, Turkey has suggested that it will send suspected IS foreign fighters back to their home nations.

“You should revise your stance toward Turkey, which at the moment holds so many IS members in prison and at the same time controls those in Syria,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

Turkey said last week that about 1,200 IS militants are in Turkish prisons and 287 IS members, including women and children, were captured during Turkey’s offensive in Syria, launched last month.

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  1. No .. an Islamic Terrorist member of the U.S and Turkish proxy armies called ISIS , Al Queda, and Al nustra ..all Sunni Muslim religious fanatics recruited, funded, trained and armed by the US , Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar… to overturn another government of the world not compliant to the control of Fascist warlords in the U.S government ..who have taken over ..our government.and is simply now evacuating there ISIS allies as Syrian Army continued to liberate territory occupied by U.S soldiers and terrorist war criminals!

    These are terrorists jihadist from U.S and other Nato countries who have slaughtered Orthodox Christians and Shia Muslim faithful, burned there churches, murdered there clergy, and displaced them from their homes in Syria!

    Why are they released , and not turned over to the Syrian government and prosecuted by the people of Syria …for crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, homicide , and subject to the death penalty like the Nazi Germans at the Nuremberg Tribunal in 1944…that hung any German Nazi.who crossed the borders of a foreign country ,,,and killed their citizens!

    Why have they not been sent to the International Criminal Court at the Hague, which is specifically, the body who prosecuted war criminals!

    Why..because they have and continue to be terrorist assets of the U.S military to wage war and slaughter enemies of the U.S state.

    TNH and the media are compliant war criminals and murderers in concealing these crimes.

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