U.S. Repatriates Islamic State Family Members
The U.S. government has approved the repatriation of eight citizens – two women and six children – who were living in Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria. The eight 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. While most western countries have been wrestling with the issue, a delegation of French and Dutch officials recently traveled to Syria to take custody of 14 orphans, 12 of them French children. 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.