After surrendering ISIS families detained in northern Iraq
Japan Herald - Monday 11th September, 2017
Iraqi forces are detaining hundreds of Islamic State families
They are now preparing to send them all back to their home countries
There are about 1,333 wives and children of ISIS fighters being held in northern Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Hundreds of Islamic State families, that include about 1,333 wives and children of ISIS fighters surrendered in late August after the end of ISIS’ control over Tal Afar.
However, reports now claimed that Iraqi forces have detained these families in northern Iraq and are preparing to send them all back to their home countries.
According to Iraqi authorities, none of the women and children will be charged with crimes.
They will instead likely be sent back to their home countries including Russia, Turkey and other Central Asian countries, including some as far-flung as Japan and South Korea.
Authorities claim that the families told them they came from around the world because of the prospect of living in a caliphate established by ISIS.
However, after the U.S.-led coalition and Kurdish-led militias battered ISIS on one end, and Syrian government troops aided by Russian airstrikes and Iranian-backed units hit ISIS on the other - the dream of a physical caliphate shattered, leading to the surrender of ISIS families.
An Associated Press report quoted one of the family member identified as Feyruza, who is said to have travelled to the region from Dagestan in Russia as saying, “We were told in Iraq that they had implemented Islam and we came here and it was true. We lived our lives as Muslims and we were very happy until the warplanes came and destroyed everything.”
Meanwhile, other women reportedly said that they had no idea about ISIS atrocities.
A woman, who was identified as Aybenis hailing from Azerbaijan said, “We didn’t see any killings. It didn’t happen. Everything was according to the Quran and the Sunna (teachings of the Prophet Muhammad). What we saw was the implementation of Islamic rule.”
Reports noted that the women have no idea what happened to their husbands and that when Tal Afar was fully liberated late last month, Kurdish forces separated the militants from the women and children.
In a statement after troops recaptured Tal Afar in August, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, “To Daesh criminals we say: Wherever you are we will come to liberate and you have to choose only death or surrender.”
According to reports, these family members are now being held at a camp for displaced people - the Hassan Sham displaced person camp in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq.
However, experts have pointed out that the issue of ISIS family members or suspected ISIS members is a growing concern for local security and law enforcement in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.
While some claim that affiliates of the militant group cannot be rehabilitated, others believe they should face trial on a case by case basis.
In a statement, Brigadier General Kamel Harki, a Kurdish commander, said some of the captured extremists were handed over to Iraqi authorities while others were killed for trying to attack Peshmerga forces during their surrender.
Currently, Kurdish and Iraqi forces are preparing for an operation against the group in western Kirkuk’s Hawija.
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