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Captured Daesh Islamists to be returned to their countries

DAESH fighters will be sent back to their countries of origin, officials in Turkey announced yesterday.

Members of the extremist group will be returned regardless of their citizenships being revoked, interior minister Suleyman Soylu said.

Turkey has accused Kurdish forces of releasing Daesh families from Syrian camps.

Speaking in Ankara, Mr Soylu said about 1,200 foreign fighters were in Turkish prisons, and 287 members and their families were re-captured after president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured) controversially sent troops into Syria last month.

He added more fighters were held in deportation centres in Turkey but didn’t provide statistics.

The minister has previously said foreign Daesh Islamists in Syria would be taken to prisons operated by Turkey-backed fighters in so-called safe zones in the north of the country.

He has criticised the UK and other Western nations for not repatriating citizens who joined Daesh and, in some cases, revoking their citizenships.

Turkey is ‘not a hotel’, he said.