Iraq to Deport 500 ISIS Women and Their Children

Published September 21st, 2017 - 07:32 GMT
Female Members of the Islamic State Group (IS) (AFP/File  Photo)
Female Members of the Islamic State Group (IS) (AFP/File Photo)
  • Iraq will deport foreign 500 female members of ISIS along with their children.
  • The members were moved to a detention center south of Mosul under control of Iraqi security forces.
  • The Norwegian Refugee Council said these women have "a right to protection and assistance".
  • Most women came from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, and Russia.
Iraq is set to deport 500 women who were foreign members of ISIS, along with their children, an official said, as authorities moved them to a detention center in preparation for their departure.

Iraqi authorities moved the women and children from a facility south of Mosul to the center, north of the city. 

"They are in a holding center in Tal Kayf under the control of Iraqi security forces, so their cases can be examined before they are eventually expelled from the country," a provincial councilor from Nineveh, the region where Mosul is located, told AFP.

The spouses and their children were moved at the weekend from a camp run by international aid agencies 60km south of Mosul, said the official, who asked to remain anonymous.

The Nineveh councilor said Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had ordered their transfer to the detention center and "could be part of preparations for their departure to their countries of origin".



Hundreds of women have traveled with male foreign fighters to join the battle for a state guided by Sharia law, and some women have traveled to marry ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria.

The Norwegian Refugee Council said in a statement that it has "grave fears" for the condition and safety of the group of women and children, because of their suspected ties to ISIS.

"These women and children are extremely vulnerable. Regardless of what their family members may be accused of, they have a right to protection and assistance," Julie Davidson of the NRC said in a statement.

The group comprises 509 women and 813 children, from 13 different countries across Europe, Asia, and North America. 

The NRC said that most of them came from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, and Russia.

Iraqi forces have rounded up ISIS fighters, both women, and men, in the campaign to liberate Mosul. Authorities said last week that they were holding some 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected ISIS fighters in a camp, many of them from Russia, Turkey, and Central Asia.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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