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Turkey will send captured Daesh/ISIS members back to Europe, where they came from, said the Turkish interior minister on Tuesday. reports citing AA that Suleyman Soylu criticized Belgium officials’ suggestion that trials of Daesh/ISIS members should be where the crimes were committed.

"No matter what they [Europeans] do," Turkey prepares to send the Daesh/ISIS members back to where they came from, Soylu said.

"Why didn't you extradite Fehriye Erdal if the trial should occur where the crime was committed?

"Europe is applying double standards, as it has always done," he added.

Belgium rejected Ankara's extradition request for Erdal as the death penalty was still in force in Turkey back then. Erdal's request for political asylum was also rejected by Belgium.

The DHKP-C is responsible for a number of terror attacks in Turkey, including a 2013 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, which martyred a Turkish security guard. The group is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU.

Soylu also said Daesh/ISIS ringleader al-Baghdadi’s sister and her husband were captured by Turkey in Azaz district of Aleppo city in northwestern Syria on Monday.

He added that the necessary investigations are being carried out in Azaz.

In Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring, which was launched on Oct. 9, Turkey has fought to clear northern Syria east of the Euphrates river of YPG/PKK terrorists while also making sure Daesh/ISIS prisoners are not released.

According to judicial sources, over 70,000 people have been banned entry to the country, and over 7,000 linked to terrorist groups or fugitives have been deported.

Turkey criticized European countries for allowing those people to reach its borders.

2019.11.05 / 17:58
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