Rus­sia ‘repa­tri­ates’ fresh batch of 27 IS chil­dren from Iraq

Millennium Post - - Mp World -

BAGH­DAD: A Rus­sian of­fi­cial said Sun­day that Moscow had repa­tri­ated a fresh batch of chil­dren whose moth­ers are be­ing held in Iraq for be­long­ing to the Is­lamic State group.

“Twenty-seven Rus­sian chil­dren have been repa­tri­ated from Bagh­dad”, a Rus­sian for­eign min­istry of­fi­cial said.

Thirty other chil­dren were sent back to Moscow in late De­cem­ber.

The fa­thers of the chil­dren were killed dur­ing three years of fight­ing be­tween the ji­hadists and Iraqi troops, the of­fi­cial said.

IS seized large swathes of Iraq in a light­ning 2014 of­fen­sive, be­fore the govern­ment dis­lodged the ji­hadists from ur­ban cen­tres and even­tu­ally de­clared vic­tory in De­cem­ber 2017.

The Krem­lin an­nounced in early Jan­uary that 115 Rus­sian chil­dren aged be­low ten -along with eight aged be­tween 11 and 17 -- were still in Iraq.

Iraqi law al­lows de­tainees to be held with their off­spring un­til the age of three, but older chil­dren have to live with rel­a­tives.

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