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Iraq Calls for Repatriation of Children of Foreign Militants

Iraq Calls for Repatriation of Children of Foreign Militants

Wednesday, 4 July, 2018 - 05:00
Children emerge from their houses to greet soldier from the Iraqi Special Forces 2nd division during a lull in the fighting with ISIS militants while pushing into the Aden neighbourhood in Mosul. AFP file photo

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry called Tuesday for the home countries of foreign militants held in its jails to repatriate hundreds of children of the captured militants.

"We ask all diplomatic missions in Iraq, resident and non-resident, to take back their nationals who have served their sentences and children who are not convicted," said foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub.

"Iraq has informed all of the countries that have citizens in its prisons. We have already spoken with the embassies of Germany, Azerbaijan, Russia and other countries to take (their citizens) back."

At least 833 children of 14 nationalities are currently in prison in Iraq, a military official told Agfence France Presse.

According to Iraqi authorities, a lot of foreigners who fought alongside ISIS in the country were from Russia, mainly Chechnya and former Soviet republics.

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