Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 June 2019

US-backed Syrian forces hand over 150 ISIS militants to Iraq

Syrian Kurdish fighters have captured 650 Iraqi ISIS militants in recent fighting

Men suspected of being ISIS fighters wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 22, 2019. AFP
Men suspected of being ISIS fighters wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 22, 2019. AFP

Iraqi security officials say they have received custody of a second batch of 150 Iraqi ISIS fighters from US-backed forces in Syria.

Two officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of media regulations, said the Syrian Democratic Forces handed over the Iraqis on Saturday night.

The fighters will be interrogated about their participation with the extemist group, the officials said.

The SDF has told Iraqi authorities it captured 650 Iraqi militants in the fighting for Baghouz, an ISIS-held village in eastern Syria, according to the officials.

On Thursday, the SDF handed over 150 militants, in the first significant transfer to Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has said Iraq is also preparing to receive thousands of Iraqi women and children living in SDF camps in Syria.

Updated: February 24, 2019 09:03 AM

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