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4 November 2019 Turkey to send back ISIS prisoners despite Western countries’ refusal

Turkish Minister of Interior Suleyman Solyu announced on 4 November that Turkey will send back ISIS prisoners to their countries of origin, even if their citizenship has been revoked. According to Solyu, in addition to the 1,200 ISIS prisoners under Turkish custody, 300 more have been captured during the military intervention in Northern Syria. The Minister criticized Western countries for not assuming their responsibility and creating “a new form of international law”. The announcement comes amid a series of blows to the jihadist organization, whose leader, Abu-Baker al-Baghdadi, died on 27 October in a raid by the US military. On 6 November Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that the Turkish forces have captured the wife, sister and brother-in-law of al-Baghdadi.