An image grab taken from a propaganda video released by the Islamic State (IS) group media office in Iraq's Nineveh province on July 20, 2016, allegedly shows Rachid Kassim, a French member of the Islamic State group (IS), speaking in French to the camera from an undisclosed location before beheading two men along with another jihadist. (Welayat Nineveh/AFP/Getty Images

The West’s ISIS Dilemma: To Repatriate or Not? (AUDIO INTERVIEW)

The U.S. government recently approved the repatriation of eight citizens – two women and six children – who were living in Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria. They were among tens of thousands of people, including ISIS fighters, captured by U.S.-allied Kurdish forces after the fall of the terror group’s final strongholds in eastern Syria.

According to Washington, the matter of repatriation is becoming urgent due to deteriorating conditions in Syrian and Iraqi camps and prisons where ISIS members and their families are being detained.

The French Foreign Ministry recently reported that some 450 of its citizens were being held in the Middle East, a number of them recently sentenced to death by Iraqi courts.

An estimated 250 U.S. citizens joined ISIS, whereas nearly 2,000 French citizens traveled to the region to fight on behalf of the terrorist organization.

The Media Line discussed the issue with Dr. Anat Hochberg-Marom, an expert on global terrorism and independent strategic consultant to government agencies and security institutions.

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