Courtesy of Jihad Watch: “Rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey is not an ally or friend of the United States, and should be expelled from NATO.”
“Erdoğan gov’t has released hundreds of ISIS prisoners from Turkish jails,”
by Levent Kenez, Nordic Monitor, November 2, 2019:
Turkey has released hundreds of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) prisoners from Turkish jails in the last year and a half, according to Nordic Monitor’s review of various official figures provided by Turkish leaders.
The most recent figure on ISIS prisoners, which included both those convicted and others who were in pretrial detention, was given as 1,163 on October 24, 2019 by Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül, who shared the figure with reporters during a visit to the Turkish border town of Akçakale, across from Tel Abyad in Syria.
Gül, whose portfolio includes prisons and detention facilities in Turkey, had stated in February 2018 that there were 1,354 people affiliated with ISIS incarcerated in Turkish prisons, meaning that around 200 ISIS prisoners have been released by the government since then.
However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on October 10, 2019 that there were around 5,500 ISIS members in Turkish prisons, of which half were foreigners. Eight hundred fifty-one were already in repatriation centers, awaiting deportation, Erdoğan added. If that is figure correct, thousands of ISIS prisoners must have been released between October 10 and 24.
Similar contradictory statements were made last year by Turkish officials as they scrambled to rebut widespread international criticism that Turkey has been aiding and abetting jihadist groups including ISIS….