Turkey claims to have captured ‘important’ ISIS leader
Turkey has captured an important ISIS figure in Syria, the country’s interior minister said.
Suleiman Soylu did not identify the figure, or provide further details, but said the suspect was still being interrogated.
The announcement followed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s warning to EU nations that he could send ISIS prisoners back to Europe in response to the bloc’s decision to impose sanctions over unauthorised oil drilling off Cyprus.
“You should revise your stance towards Turkey, which at the moment holds so many ISIS members in prison and at the same time controls those in Syria,” Mr Erdogan said.
“These gates will open and these ISIS members who have started to be sent to you will continue to be sent. Then you can take care of your own problem.”
Turkey deported citizens of the United States, Denmark and Germany on Monday and announced plans to soon expel seven other German citizens, two Irish citizens and 11 French citizens.
Turkey said last week that about 1,200 ISIS militants were in Turkish prisons and 287 ISIS members, including women and children, were captured during Turkey’s offensive in Syria, launched last month.