Turkey FM: More than 1,000 foreign fighters deported

The country has deported over 1,000 foreign fighters from 75 countries and has a watch list with 6,000 names.

Turkey FM: More than 1,000 foreign fighters deported

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey has undertaken “the lion's share” of the counter-terrorism burden, including the deportation of foreign fighters from scores of countries, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

Cavusoglu’s remarks came during the 5th Global Counter Terrorism Forum that he co-chaired with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

"We've had to allocate resources for the detecting and deporting (of) more than 1,000 foreign terrorist fighters from almost 75 countries," he said, while adding that Ankara had drawn up a watch list of about 6,000 names.

As the world is facing a complex, decentralized and geographically diverse threat more than ever, the policies and methods should be aimed at preventing the recruitment of new ISIL fighters, he said.

The flow of foreign fighters and increased number of kidnappings for ransom, which has almost turned into an industry, are two main issues that need to be urgently dealt with, according to Cavusoglu.

Noting that it is impossible to deal with these threats without international cooperation, Cavusoglu said, “Prevention is much less costly than pursuing the threat."

Kerry told the forum that Turkey would take part in the US-led coalition against the militants as 49 Turkish hostages held by ISIL have been freed.

"Turkey is very much part of this coalition, and Turkey will be very engaged on the frontlines of this effort," Kerry said. "Clearly Turkey had an initial challenge with respect to its hostages and that being resolved, now Turkey is ready to conduct additional efforts along with the rest of us in order to guarantee success."

Noting that ISIL is fed by illicit funding and a flow of foreign fighters, Kerry said that fighting the group is not "a question of a few strikes, of a few days" and more specific and tactical efforts such as cutting off funding and stopping the flow of foreign fighters are needed.

“The threat of foreign terrorist fighters is very real,” Kerry said “Security measures alone will not solve this problem.”

Like Cavusoglu, Kerry highlighted the challenge of ISIL's kidnapping for ransom.

While reiterating that the U.S. would not pay ransom for hostages, Kerry said that kidnappings has created an illicit market that funds the extremist group and paying ransom endangers the lives of journalists, doctors, and humanitarian aid workers in the conflict areas.

The Global Counter Terrorism Forum is an informal, multilateral counterterrorism platform formed in 2011 and co-chaired by Turkey's foreign minister and the U.S. secretary of state. 

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