Ankara says it has about 1,200 foreign ISIL members in custody [File: Stringer/Reuters]
The country’s interior ministry announced the deportations in a brief statement on Monday without providing details or identifying the suspects.
Last month, Turkey stepped up the return of suspected foreign ISIL members – either held in Turkish prisons or in Syria – back to their countries of origin, saying Turkey was “not a hotel” for foreign fighters.
Monday’s deportations raised the number of foreign fighters expelled from Turkey to 71 since November 11, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported, including citizens of the United States, Denmark, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.
At least 18