"From Monday (11th November) we will begin the expulsion of imprisoned extremists the terrorist militia Islamic state (IS) * to countries whose citizens they are, "the minister was quoted by the news agency Anadolu.
Last week, Soylu said: "We are not a hotel for anyone's IS members."
The communications director of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Fahrettin Altun, said on November 3 that Ankara will return 20 captured German IS supporters to the Federal Republic. He gave details of the total number of terrorists to be deported.
Operation "Source of Peace"
Turkey launched its long-threatened offensive under the name "Source of Peace" in northeastern Syria on 9 October. Rockets and bombing were flown to several cities in the region. A little later, the beginning of a ground offensive was announced, which is directed primarily against the Kurdish militia YPG, the Ankara as a Syrian Offshoot of the banned Kurdish workers' party PKK in Turkey classifies and fights them as a terrorist organization.
Several European countries have so far refused to withdraw ISIS supporters captured by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Resettle Syrian refugees?
Ankara wants to settle in a 30-kilometer-deep security zone along the border on Syrian territory up to two million mostly Syrian Arabs fled to Turkey and demands the withdrawal of the Kurdish militia from the region. Turkey fears a strengthening of the Kurds beyond their southern border and thus also the Turkish Kurds striving for autonomy.
* Organization banned by law in Russia