Turkey will repatriate most IS detainees by year-end: minister

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FILE PHOTO: Turkish Inside Minister Suleyman Soylu speaks throughout a information convention for international media correspondents in Istanbul, Turkey, August 21, 2019. Ahmet Bolat/Pool through Information

ANKARA (Information) – Turkey could have repatriated most of its Islamic State detainees to their residence nations by the tip of the yr, the inside minister instructed Information on Monday of the method that started final week.

Turkish authorities began repatriating the jihadists on Nov. 11. Ankara says it has captured 287 militants in northeast Syria, the place Turkish troops launched an assault in opposition to the Kurdish YPG militia final month, and has lots of extra suspects in detention.

“The variety of detainees to be repatriated by the year-end is determined by how lengthy the processes take, however particularly for Europe, the method is underway,” Inside Minister Suleyman Soylu instructed Information in Ankara.

“I believe we could have despatched a big a part of them to their nations by the tip of the yr,” he added.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun and Dominic Evans; Writing by Ece Toksabay; Modifying by Jonathan Spicer