Turkey Says American ISIS Suspect Stranded On Border Is ‘Not Our Problem’
An American alleged to be a member of the Islamic State has been stuck on the border between Turkey and Greece for two days after Turkey expelled him from the country, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is “not our problem.”
According to The Guardian, Muhammed Darwis B — named by Turkish media and believed to be an American of Jordanian descent — was booted from the country on Monday “as part of Turkey’s controversial new policy to deport foreign jihadists in its custody.”
Darwis B reportedly refused to be returned to the U.S., asking instead to be sent to Greece, but Greek officials said “he was refused entry when he tried to cross the no man’s land between the two countries to the Greek town of Kastanies.”
The situation is part of a larger predicament created by thousands of detained ISIS fighters, both in Syria and Turkey, as world governments have failed to reach agreement on how the individuals should be handled.
Erdogan is taking little to no responsibility for the outcome of his deportations: “Whether [the deported Isis fighters] are stuck there at the border it doesn’t concern us. We will continue to send them. Whether they take them or not, it is not our concern.”
On Tuesday, the Turkish president threatened again to release the ISIS combatants into Europe, if European officials do not change their positions on his country.
“You should revise your stance towards Turkey, which at the moment holds so many Isis members in prison and at the same time controls those in Syria,” he said before reporters. “These gates will open and these Isis members who have started to be sent to you will continue to be sent. Then you can take care of your own problem.”
Erdogan is expected to discuss the ongoing situation with President Donald Trump this week during his visit to the White House.