Istanbul, Nov 22 (EFE) .- The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said today that his country has detained and deported a total of 9,000 foreign fighters of the Islamic State (IS) since the beginning of the Syrian conflict.
“We are the only NATO country that is directly in contact, face to face,” with the IS “in Syria,” Erdogan said in his speech today at the G20 summit that this year is being held virtually, with Arabia. Saudi as host country.
“We do everything in our power to eliminate the terrorist threat, prevent disputes and reinforce stability. Despite the fact that they have left us alone in this, we have arrested nearly 9,000 foreign terrorists to date and have deported them to their countries, ”said the president.
Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in 2011, thousands of people, a significant part of them from European countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, the United Kingdom or Spain, and others from the Caucasus and Central Asia, have used Turkey as a country. transit to go to Syria.
Typically, if the individuals involved had no further ties to the Islamic State other than the intention to join the armed group in Syria, the Turkish authorities deported the detainees back to their countries of origin without trial.