French woman faces pros­e­cu­tion in Iraq for pos­si­ble IS links

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

PARIS — A French woman cap­tured in the Iraqi city of Mo­sul with her four chil­dren is fac­ing pos­si­ble pros­e­cu­tion in Iraq for al­legedly col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Is­lamic State group, in a test case for how govern­ments han­dle the fam­i­lies of for­eign fight­ers now that the ex­trem­ists are in re­treat. The fate of the chil­dren, rang­ing in age from 6 months to 8 years old, is in le­gal limbo. The fa­ther’s where­abouts are un­known.

How Iraq and France choose to han­dle this fam­ily’s case could set a prece­dent for the many other for­eign­ers who joined the IS cause. France alone es­ti­mates that 750 French peo­ple are among ex­trem­ists in Iraq and Syria — in­clud­ing up to 450 chil­dren.

Two Iraqi in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Wednes­day that the woman is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated in Baghdad and could face ter­ror­ism charges for il­le­gally en­ter­ing Iraq and join­ing IS, and that the French gov­ern­ment wants the chil­dren handed over to France.

French con­sular of­fi­cials have been push­ing for per­mis­sion to see the fam­ily since their ar­rest ear­lier this month — but the French gov­ern­ment has shown no in­ter­est in hav­ing the woman brought home.

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