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Turkey vowed to repatriate IS prisoners

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands guard in a prison where men suspected of being affiliated with the Islamic State group (IS) are imprisoned in northeastern Syria. Photo:

Speaking to the press, Minister Soylu said that it was unacceptable for Europe to leave Turkey to resolve issues related to IS prisoners in Syria. Therefore, Turkey decided to repatriate these subjects.

On October 9, Turkey launched an offensive campaign against Kurdish forces in Syria, opening a new phase in the war that lasted for more than 8 years in the Middle Eastern nation. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the campaign was aimed only at Kurdish fighters and the "Islamic State" (IS) terrorist group in Northern Syria, to ensure border security and to "bring peace for the region ". However, the campaign raises concerns about new risks in the humanitarian crisis, as well as affecting efforts in the fight against terrorism. After opening a military campaign, Turkey has captured a number of IS fighters here.

On October 22, Russia and Turkey agreed on an agreement to ensure that the Kurdish armed forces in Syria will withdraw from the region 30 km away from the Turkish border, and the two countries will conduct negotiations. joint patrols in the "safe zone" that Ankara wants to establish in northern Syria.

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