Turkey deports 3 German nationals for terror links
The terrorists, who were found to be German nationals, were sent back to their country as part of Turkey's ramped-up efforts to repatriate foreign terrorist fighters, the ministry said in a statement.
Turkey continues to deport foreign terrorist fighters, it added.
The issue of the handling of ISIL members and their families detained in Syria -- including foreign members of the terror group -- has been controversial, with Turkey arguing foreign-born terrorists should be returned to their countries of origin.
Ankara has said several European countries resisted its efforts to send ISIL members back to their countries, but that it will nevertheless press forward.
Turkey has so far deported 7,500 ISIL members, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said early December, adding that there are currently 1,149 ISIL terrorists in Turkish prisons.