Ankara says it has about 1,200 foreign ISIL members in custody [File: Stringer/Reuters]

Turkey has deported 11 French nationals who are suspected of being members of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group.

The country’s interior ministry announced the deportations in a brief statement on Monday without providing details or identifying the suspects.

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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.

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