Germany to take back Daesh/ISIS suspects from Turkey
Germany will take back several Daesh/ISIS suspects, along with their wives and children, who were captured by Turkish authorities, officials confirmed on Monday.
Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Christofer Burger said Turkish authorities have informed them that they would deport 10 German citizens to their country this week.
"German authorities have verified the identities of these three men, five women, and two children," he said, but gave no further details.
Local media reported that German authorities believe seven of the suspects had ties to the Daesh/ISIS terrorist group.
The issue of the handling of Daesh/ISIS members and their families detained in Syria -- including foreign members of the terror group -- has been controversial, with Turkey arguing foreign-born terrorists should be repatriated to their countries of origin.
Ankara has said several European countries refused its efforts to send Daesh/ISIS members back to their countries.
Turkey has so far deported 7,500 Daesh/ISIS members, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last week, adding that there are currently 1,149 Daesh/ISIS terrorists in Turkish prisons.