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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Families of Mosul extremists sent to Baghdad 'for expulsion'

Iraq's second city, Mosul, was recaptured in July after being taken in a lightning summer 2014 offensive by ISIL

A pictures taken on November 14, 2017, shows a general view of the old city of Mosul in northern Iraq. AFP
A pictures taken on November 14, 2017, shows a general view of the old city of Mosul in northern Iraq. AFP

About 300 wives and children of foreign extremists captured in Mosul have been transferred from northern Iraq to Baghdad "for expulsion to their home countries", an official told AFP on Monday.

"This is the second wave of expulsions, and two or three more will follow," said Nureddin Qablan, deputy head of the Nineveh provincial council.

Iraq's second city, Mosul, was recaptured in July after being taken in a lightning summer 2014 offensive by ISIL.

"A total of more than 1,200 members of jihadists' families will be transferred" from Tel Keif detention centre north of Mosul to a similar facility in the capital, Mr Qablan said.

In mid-September, a senior security official said when the families arrived in Tel Keif that they comprised 509 women and 813 children from 13 different countries in Europe, Asia and America.

An Iraqi government source has told AFP that about 300 of the women were Turkish.

According to the Norwegian Refugee Council NGO, which is seeking access to the detainees for humanitarian purposes, they are mainly from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Russia and Tajikistan.

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What to do with captured extremists and their families has been an issue of great concern in their home states.

For example, French extremist prisoners will be tried in Iraq, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said, adding that children would be treated "on a case-by-case basis".

In neighbouring Syria this month, Russian officials took charge of 13 women and 29 children from Chechnya who had been found in the city of Raqqa, which was recaptured from ISIL in October.

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