Turkey sends back Dutch woman who joined Syrian extremists

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The Dutch government says Turkey has sent a woman back to the Netherlands who is suspected of traveling to Syria to join extremists, The Associated Press reported.

Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus and Foreign Minister Stef Blok said in a letter to parliament that the woman, who has two children with her, has been stripped of her Dutch nationality.

The ministers said they “regret” that Turkey decided to send her back Tuesday despite Dutch requests not to deport her.

The woman was denied entry to the Netherlands and taken into detention when she arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Another Dutch woman who had traveled to Syria returned to the Netherlands on the same flight. Both face prosecution.

Ankara recently stepped up the return of suspected foreign Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) members to their countries of origin. The Turkish Foreign Ministry last week said Netherlands has agreed to take back its citizens who joined extremists.

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