Berlin to bring back children of German ‘Islamic State’ fighters — report
The German government wants to bring back the children of German IS members who fought in Syria, according to a report. At least six children — including babies — are currently in detention centers in Iraq.
A fighter with teh [sic] Christian Syriac militia burns an IS flag in northern Syria (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Hussein)
Diplomats with Germany’s Foreign Ministry requested exit permits from the Iraqi government for the children of detained German citizens who are members of the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS) group, a newspaper report published on Thursday stated.
At least six children are currently with their mothers in interrogation or detention centers in Iraq, according to information gathered by German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and public broadcasters NDR and WDR.
The Foreign Ministry justified the decision to bring the children home by citing humanitarian considerations and Germany’s duty to protect its citizens. They also argued that the children would be better cared for by their relatives in Germany than in the detention centers.
Diplomats were able to visit the mothers and children in detention, where the women asked them to fly their children home, according to the report.
So far, Iraqi authorities have not made a decision on letting the children go back to Germany….