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Asharq Al-Awsat
Asharq Al-Awsat
Asharq Al-Awsat

American ISIS Suspect Awaits Repatriation from Turkey

The US citizen, who was deported by Turkey, stands on the no-man's land between Turkey and Greece, as he is pictured from the Pazarkule border crossing near Edirne, Turkey, November 11, 2019. Ali Can Zeray/Demiroren News Agency (DHA) via REUTERS

An American man suspected of being an ISIS member remains in no man's land on the border between Turkey and Greece for a fifth day, Turkey's state-run media said.

Anadolu Agency reported the man was seen Friday between Turkey's Pazarkule border gate and the Greek frontier at Kastanies.

Turkey's Interior Ministry said Thursday the US had agreed to take back the fighter, who had requested deportation to Greece prior to being denied entry.

"Upon guarantees that he will be taken back by the United States and that travel documents will be procured, the necessary proceedings have been started to send him to the United States," the ministry said in a statement.

He has been identified by local media as 39-year-old Muhammad Darwis B., a US citizen of Jordanian origin.

The man has been waiting in the heavily militarized border zone since Nov. 11. He initially asked to be sent to Greece from Turkey, but Athens refused to take him in.

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