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‘Turkey cooperates best with UK and US on foreign fighters’

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06.01.2018

This column’s title does not reflect the writer’s opinion but that of Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Speaking at a press conference in Ankara on Jan. 3, Çavuşoğlu singled out the U.S. and the U.K. as the countries with which Turkey cooperates best in terms of intelligence sharing on foreign fighters who want to use Turkish territories when entering or exiting Syria.

Many other continental European countries, however, have failed to see the risk and therefore have failed to cooperate with Turkey, according to Çavuşoğlu. “Later on they realized the seriousness of the issue,” he said, referring to the many foreign fighters deported from Turkey who have later been released only to commit serious crimes in their home countries.

Foreign fighters have become one of the most serious consequences of the Syrian conflict, especially since 2012, the year so many bloody jihadist terror organizations took advantage of turmoil in the broken state. Tens of thousands of terrorists from regional countries as well as from European countries have joined more than........

© Hürriyet Daily News