ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkey regularly detains foreign nationals, including Europeans, preventing them from traveling to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, such as the Islamic State. In March, Turkey urged the European Union to share more intelligence to contain foreign fighters trying to cross the Turkish border.
In early April, it was reported that Turkey had arrested nine British nationals attempting to illegally cross the Syrian border. The group detained near Hatay province included three men, two women and four children. The detainees, who were the largest single group of Britons captured on the way to jihadi-controlled areas were sent back to the United Kingdom.