One of the two detained French women who fled the Daesh’s last pocket in Syria sit with her children while speaking to a AFP reporter at al Hol camp for displaced people in the al Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria on February 17, 2019. (AFP)
NATO allies of Turkey in Europe have been worried that Turkey’s offensive last month into a Syrian border area could lead to ISIS suspects and their families escaping from prisons and camps run by Kurdish forces. Ankara has dismissed the concerns.
However, Turkish authorities said they had begun to send ISIL detainees back to their home countries in Europe. The government unexpectedly announced it would no longer act as a “hotel” for foreign nationals who fought alongside terrorist groups. Turkey wants to return most IS fighters before the end of the year. It is still unclear how many prisoners have been deported exactly. So far, it concerns ten people with links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group. They were deported to Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
A family and two women arrive in Germany
A German-Iraqi family landed in Berlin on Thursday evening. The family of seven, who are believed to have links to the Salafist scene in Hildesheim, were questioned by authorities.
The 55-year-old father was detained over a series of minor, non-terrorist offences.
Besides the family, two women married to Isis fighters landed in Germany a few days after that. Additionally, two more Isis brides are expected to be deported to Germany the coming weeks. German authorities will verify the identity of the children who are expected to accompany them.
Isis brides deported to the Netherlands
Dutch police arrested two women who were in the battlefield of IS in Syria and later detained in Turkey upon arrival at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands. The women were deported by Turkey. Both women are suspects of participation in a terrorist organization. The women are 23 and 25 years old, the latter has two children aged three and four.
The 25-year-old woman had reported to the Dutch embassy in Ankara at the end of October. The other suspect had been “stuck” in Turkey since January 2018.The Dutch nationality of one of the women has been withdrawn. She was nevertheless deported to the Netherlands by Turkish authorities. In a letter from the House of Representatives, the government says it is regrettable that Turkey has sent her back. The cabinet wants her to be deported to Morocco after prosecution, trial and a possible detention.
Both women will be brought before the examining magistrate in Rotterdam on Friday. The children have been granted to the Child Protection Board.
A ruling in the in the Netherlands ordered the government to work to return 56 children from camps in Syria — and allow their mothers to return if that is necessary for the children’s repatriation. That ruling is open to appeal, but the court said it must act within two weeks regardless.
European governments “are fighting a losing battle,” said Andre Seebregts, a lawyer representing most of the women and children in the Dutch case.
Last week Turkish officials have deported a suspected Brit ISIS fighter back to the UK. The suspect was arrested by Met police at Heathrow after he was booted out of Ankara with seven German terrorists. Mamun Rashid, 26, from east London, was charged with plotting terrorist acts, said a statement from Metropolitan Police.
Ankara says on Tuesday that it is thinking that by the end of the year most IS fighters have been sent back to their home country. The request also concerns prisoners whose nationality has already been withdrawn. “They do not have the right to deprive citizens of their nationality,” said Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.