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Iraq receives 280 ISIS fighters from US-backed Syria force

The Syrian Democratic Forces hold foreign militants of many nationalities, including about 500 Iraqis

A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter talks on the radio at a check point near Omar oil field base, eastern Syria, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. An estimated 300 IS militants are besieged in the village of Baghouz, hemmed in by the Euphrates River and the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia spearheading the fight against IS following an intense push since September. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter talks on the radio at a check point near Omar oil field base, eastern Syria, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. An estimated 300 IS militants are besieged in the village of Baghouz, hemmed in by the Euphrates River and the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia spearheading the fight against IS following an intense push since September. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

US-backed fighters pushing to take ISIS's last piece of territory in eastern Syria extradited 280 Iraqi militants, Baghdad said on Sunday.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have detained "a large number" of ISIS fighters including more than 500 Iraqis, the security media office said.

Iraqi security forces on Thursday received 130 Iraqi ISIS members, a military spokesman said, although an official for the US-backed Syrian forces denied the claims.

The transfers were set to "continue until they are completed", the statement added.

Iraqi security forces had received a list of names to be checked against a database in coordination with the judiciary, which has issued warrants against jihadists.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday that the country was monitoring the situation in eastern Syria with caution, as security forces fear ISIS fighters could sneak across the nearby Iraqi border.

Iraq declared victory against ISIS in December 2017 after ousting enemy fighters from the large areas of Iraq they took in 2014.

Backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, the SDF have trapped remnants of the terrorist group in half of a square kilometre.

Updated: February 25, 2019 03:11 AM

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