Turkey announced on Thursday that it would repatriate an American suspected of being a member of ISIS, after a commitment from the United States that his entry would not be blocked.
Muhammad Darwish Bassam, 39, had been stranded at the Turkish-Greek border for four days after Turkey had tried to deport him to Greece, but Greek officials refused him entry. The announcement came a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey met with President Donald Trump. Turkey has used Bassam’s case to highlight its demand that Western countries take back their citizens who joined ISIS and have been detained by Turkish forces. A U.S. embassy spokesman declined to confirm the announcement.
Little is known of Bassam or his exact ISIS affiliation.
Turkey also said the process for deporting one fighter from Britain and seven from Germany had been carried out.
New York Times