Erdogan: ISIL fighter trapped near Greece 'not our problem'

Foreign fighters in Syria jail

Foreign fighters in Syria jail

At the time, the SDF said it was holding more than 12,000 suspected IS members in seven prisons in the area, at least 4,000 of them foreign nationals.

"Since these countries have not been willing to do much to help either Turkey or, more acutely, the YPG, there is a legitimate need to press the issue".

U.S. officials have repeatedly said that it's possible Turkish-backed fighters in Syria carried out possible war crimes as part of Ankara's incursion aimed at targeting America's Kurdish partners in the fight against ISIS.

The irony of Turkey's partial invasion of northeastern Syria is that Ankara now finds itself in the same situation as the very Syrian Kurdish YPG militia that it has been fighting.

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In July, Daesh said it was responsible for a massive truck bomb that killed at least 44 people in Qamishli. But the jihadists have continued to claim deadly attacks in northeastern and eastern Syria since then.


Turkey's aggression in northern Syria and the West's unwillingness to repatriate its foreign fighters could lead to a "spectacular" ISIS attack on Western soil, a top Kurdish general has warned. It is unclear why Greece would take responsibility for the USA citizen.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet in Washington on Wednesday.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said last week that Turkey had almost 1,200 foreign members of Daesh in custody, and had captured 287 during its recent operation in northern Syria. Earlier this month, the House passed a nonbinding resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide during World War I, angering Ankara.

Per the official, there is a new red line that has been set up by the administration with regard to the Russian-manufactured S-400s: the White House demands that they "do not become operational" in a way that would allow them "access to our F-35 communications and defences".

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"Turkey will feel the impact of those sanctions", O'Brien told CBS's "Face the Nation" in an interview, referring to the CAATSA law. "There's no place in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for the S-400". There's no place in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for significant Russian military purchases.

The US has been at loggerheads with Turkey, having been threatening sanctions over the country's purchase of S-400s, under the so-called CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) legislation, ever since Ankara first negotiated S-400 deliveries and signed a deal with Russian Federation back in 2017.

"The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer", the statement added.

In the Senate, two Democrats introduced legislation denouncing Turkey's targeting of journalists, political opponents, dissidents, minorities and others. Erdogan also faces damaging allegations of corruption within his inner circle emerging from a U.S. court case opened last month against state-run bank Halkbank over an Iran sanctions busting scheme.

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It has sought to publicise the deportations following criticism of Turkey's offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria last month, which several North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies - including France and Germany - said would undermine the fight against ISIL. European Union should be careful", he warned, adding: "Some countries have started panicking after we began the repatriation process of foreign Daesh terrorists. "Let someone else fight over this long-bloodstained sand (Syria)", he said at a White House news briefing.

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