Turkish President: US failed to keep promise after offensive in Northern Syria

Turkish President: US failed to keep promise after offensive in Northern Syria

Turkish President: US failed to keep promise after offensive in Northern Syria

A USA citizen suspected of being a member of ISIS is reportedly stuck in a heavily militarized no-man's land between the borders of the country that kicked him out, Turkey, and the one that refuses to accept him, Greece, officials say.

Turkey said on Monday (11 November) it had deported two captives from Islamic State, a German and an American, starting a programme to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria.

Speaking in Ankara before flying to Washington where he plans to meet US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Erdogan acknowledged tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

A spokesperson from the US State Department said it was "aware of reports of the detainment of a US citizen by Turkish authorities" but had no further comment due to privacy considerations.

However, Nihat Ali Ozcan, a retired major now serving as a security analyst at Ankara-based think tank TEPAV, said: "It is usually challenging to prove in a trial that Daesh members committed any crimes because convictions do not usually have supporting evidence". "Let someone else fight over this long-bloodstained sand (Syria)", he said at a White House news briefing.

Although some European countries like Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom have stripped citizenship from their nationals who joined Daesh to prevent their return, Ankara is determined to send even those Daesh suspects who have had their citizenships revoked. Ankara has said that it wants to repatriate as many as it can. "We don't know how.but they promised", he said. "We will do everything possible to prevent returnees with links to IS becoming a threat in Germany".

On Monday a court in the Netherlands ruled that the country should take back the children of Dutch women who joined IS - but not necessarily their mothers. While the administration has backed away from an immediate full withdrawal from Syria, it is repositioning forces there and has scaled back its mission against the Islamic State.

Turkey's president says Syrian Kurdish fighters have failed to vacate areas along the Turkish border despite agreements with Russian Federation and the United States, and says he will raise the issue with U.S. President Donald Trump. Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group.

"Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years", the White House said. It has also accused the YPG of vacating some Islamic State jails. Denmark, Germany and Britain have revoked the citizenship of some fighters and family members. They said the Turkish government had imprisoned more than 80,000 Turkish citizens, closed more than 1,500 nongovernmental organizations on terrorism-related grounds and dismissed or suspended more than 130,000 civil servants from their jobs.

Relations between the two sides have reached a nadir after the strategic partners lurched from crisis to crisis on a host of issues in recent years. It said there were 813 militants at 12 deportation centres.

Erdoğan is due to visit Washington on Wednesday, where he is expected to discuss the fate of foreign fighters caught in Isis ranks.

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