17 es­capees from IS de­part from Syria

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

BEIRUT — A group of 17 In­done­sians who had joined the Is­lamic State group in the north­ern Syr­ian city of Raqqa have been handed over to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of their coun­try and have left Syria, a lo­cal Kur­dish of­fi­cial and a spokes­woman said on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, Omar Al­loush, the In­done­sian na­tion­als in­cluded men, women and chil­dren. They were handed over on Tues­day at a Syria-Iraq bor­der cross­ing. They had been ask­ing to be sent back home, he said.

Spokes­woman Nis­reen Ab­dul­lah from the Women’s Pro­tec­tion Units also con­firmed the han­dover. The iden­ti­ties of the In­done­sians were not im­me­di­ately avail­able and Iraqi of­fi­cials could not con­firm the re­port.

Lalu Muham­mad Iqbal, the di­rec­tor of In­done­sian cit­i­zen pro­tec­tion at the coun­try’s for­eign min­istry, said there has been “com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the In­done­sian side with var­i­ous par­ties” in­clud­ing with the North Syr­ian Kur­dish Author­ity linked to the 17 In­done­sians.

He said the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment in its ini­tial dis­cus­sions ob­tained in­for­ma­tion that the group were not fight­ers, some had spent most of their time in Syria in IS jails or other iso­lated con- di­tions, and had fled Raqqa with the help of a third party on June 10.

“Our com­mu­ni­ca­tion with these par­ties is more di­rected to the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion,” Iqbal said, not­ing the fam­ily in­cludes teenagers and three young chil­dren. “The se­cu­rity con­di­tions in the area are so com­plex that the han­dling process cannot be done eas­ily,” he said.

Last month, an As­so­ci­ated Press team in Raqqa met mem­bers of an In­done­sian fam­ily of 17 and re­ported on their jour­ney two years ago from Jakarta to Raqqa and their ini­tial de­sire to live in the Is­lamic State group’s self- pro­claimed cap­i­tal.

They also told the AP of how their dreams were crushed in the face of IS bru­tal­ity and ter­ror and how dif­fer­ent the re­al­ity of life un­der IS was from the utopian dream of an Is­lamic so­ci­ety they had pur­sued.

The AP met the women and chil­dren at a camp for the dis­placed run by the Kur­dish forces just north of Raqqa, af­ter they had man­aged to es­cape.

The AP also in­ter­viewed a male rel­a­tive at a se­cu­rity cen­ter run by Kur­dish forces in Kobani.

Now, af­ter 12 years of re­search, our team has also dis­cov­ered that this de­fi­ciency can be cured and mis­car­riages and birth de­fects pre­vented by tak­ing a com­mon vi­ta­min.”

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