Turkey deports 15 Islamic State fighters in a week – news agency

Turkey has deported 15 people in one week over links to Islamic State (ISIS), state-run Anadolu new agency reported on Wednesday.

The deportations began after Turkey launched a military operation in northern Syria last month, which was widely criticised in the West for risking the resurgence of the jihadist group.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said this month that Turkey would not serve as a hotel for ISIS members who were nationals of other countries. 

Ten German, one Danish, one British, one U.S. and two Dutch nationals were deported between Nov. 11 and Nov. 19 over links to ISIS, Anadolu said. 

Some 944 foreign fighters from 36 different countries are still in repatriation centres in Turkey waiting to be deported, the news agency said.