Daniel Burke, 36, and his family, who flew from Newcastle to Fethiye, one of Turkey's major tourism destinations, for a vacation with his girlfriend and three children, one of whom is 15 months old, were suddenly surrounded by armed police officers at Dalaman Airport.
The British tourist, who was taken to a room and questioned about his links to Syria, told the British press that he was asked by armed men when he had last been to Syria, that his children were in the room at the time, that they were very scared and that my older daughter was crying all the time.
Burke said that the Turkish authorities canceled his passport and he had to return to the UK. Burke said that the reason for the incident could be understood by his daughter's research on the internet, while his daughter learned that another British man named daniel burke went to this country in 2017 to fight in the ranks of the YPG, the Syrian branch of the terrorist organization PKK. Burke, also 36, from Manchester, returned to the UK after two years in Syria and was released after 8 months in detention on terrorism charges.
Daniel Burke from Newcastle, who works for a photocopying company in the UK, said of his namesake, "His name was on the list because he fought with Turkish forces. We look nothing alike and our birth dates are different. I don't know how many Daniel Burkes there are, but I wouldn't want this to happen to anyone else," he said, adding that British authorities had told him they could not interfere in the decisions of the Turkish immigration authorities but expressed regret over the incident.