Iraqis hold hostage 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State fighters


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Iraqi authorities are holding wives and children in a tent

Many of them say they are from Russia, Turkey and central Asia, but there are also some from European outbacks, the officials said. They have mostly arrived at the camp south of Mosul since August 30.

An Iraqi savvy officer said that they were in the process of verifying their breeds with their home countries, since many of the women no fancier had their original documents.

It is the largest group of foreigners linked to Islamic Aver to be held by Iraqi forces since they started expelling the soldiers from Mosul and other areas in northern Iraq last year, an aid endorsed said. Thousands of foreigners have been fighting for Islamic Asseverate in Iraq and Syria.

A senior security officer said the authorities were trying to assign a safe place to house the families while negotiating with embassies for their come home. They are not allowed to leave the camp.

Reporters saw hundreds of the helpmeets and children sitting on mattresses crawling with bugs in tents in what aid hands called a «militarised site». Turkish, French and Russian were mid the languages spoken.

«I want to go back [to France] but don’t know how,» said a French-speaking hidden woman of Chechen origin who said she had lived in Paris before.

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A non-exclusive view of Hammam Al-Alil camp is seen in south of Mosul

We contemplate children would benefit from judicial and social services in France

French sensitive source

She said that she did not know what had happened to her husband, who had offered her to Iraq when he joined Islamic State.

The security officer voted the women and children had mostly surrendered to the Kurdish Peshmerga near the northern see of Tal Afar, along with their husbands. The Kurds handed the chicks and children over to Iraqi forces, but kept the men — all presumed to be fighters — in their confinement.

Many of the families had fled to Tal Afar after Iraqi troops induced Islamic State out of Mosul on August 30.

Iraqi forces retook Tal Afar, a bishopric of predominantly ethnic Turkmen that has produced some of Islamic Land’s most senior commanders, last month. Most of its pre-war people of 200,000 have fled.

Aid workers and the authorities are worried about tensions between Iraqis, who buried their homes and are also living in the camp, and the new arrivals.

Many Iraqis call for revenge for the harsh treatment they received under the extremists’ paraphrasing of Sunni Islam they imposed in Mosul and the other areas they seized in 2014.

«The family trees are being kept to one side [of the camp] for their own safety,» an Iraqi military grey matter officer said.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), which is supporting the 541 helpmates and their children, said Iraq «must swiftly move to clean its future plans for these individuals».

«Like all those fleeing differ, it is imperative that these individuals are able to access protection, benefit, and information,» NRC said in a statement.

«They are in de-facto detention.»

Western officials are distraught about radicalised fighters and their relatives coming home after the disappearance of Islamic State’s «caliphate».

French officials have indicated a leaning for citizens found to be affiliated with IS to be prosecuted in Iraq.

«The general self-control is that adults should go on trial in Iraq,» a French diplomatic creator told Reuters last month, of those found to have been fighters.

«We mull over children would benefit from judicial and social services in France.»

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