Turkey on Friday deported a terrorist from Croatia back to his country of origin, the Interior Ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said the fighter was sent back as part of Ankara’s ramped-up efforts to expel foreign terrorists.

Turkey continues to send back foreign terrorist fighters, it added.

The issue of the handling of Daesh/ISIS members and their families detained in Syria — including foreign members of the banned terror group — has attracted controversy, with Turkey arguing that foreign-born terrorists should be returned to their native lands.

Ankara says that although several European countries have resisted its

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