Turkey sends American Islamic State fighter to U.S. after stalemate with Greece

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Turkey sent a U.S. citizen suspected of fighting for Islamic State to the United States by plane on Friday, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, after the man was refused entry to Greece earlier this week.

Turkish authorities started deporting captured Islamic State suspects to their home countries on Monday. Ankara says it has captured 287 militants in northeast Syria, where Turkish troops launched an assault against the Kurdish YPG militia last month and have hundreds more jihadist suspects in detention.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Soylu said the suspect had been deported and sent to the United States on Friday by plane from Istanbul. The U.S. State Department said it was aware of the case but would not comment further because of privacy concerns.

Soylu said two German fighters were also deported on the same day.

So far this week Turkey has also repatriated eight other Germans and one British suspected fighter. Ankara has said that suspects will be deported to Ireland, France, and other nations, mostly European states, in the coming days.

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