UN claims Children of ISIS fighters must be repatriated


What to do with 68,000 people in Syrian camps including their children? Many of them families of ISIS fighters. Trump had raised the issue some time ago, with no answer, asking countries to take their prisoners who are being held in Syria. It came to a head when the skirmish with Turkey left some camps under questionable control by the Kurds. One can only imagine the state of mind of children held in these conditions with parents who were/are ISIS fighters.


Al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria

Note from picture: We are the first reporters inside the al-Hol Camp since Turkish military operations began in northeastern Syria last week. Officials say since the conflict began, the camp, which houses 71,000 people, has become “out of control.” Camp officials say in the past week there have been attacks, escape attempts and open calls for a violent uprising in al-Hol Camp in Syria, Oct. 16, 2019.


A bird’s eye perspective of the Al-Hol refugee camp in northeastern Syria in April, 2019.

Drone footage of Al-Hol refugee camp.



GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — United Nations investigators on Thursday called for thousands of children of jihadists who fought for the Islamic State group to be repatriated from Syria.

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report that the children were in a “particularly precarious” situation since they often lacked official papers.

“This, in turn, jeopardizes their rights to a nationality, hinders family reunification processes and puts them at a higher risk of exploitation and abuse,” the report said.

The UN says around 28,000 children of foreign fighters are living in Syrian camps — 20,000 of them from Iraq.

After the collapse of the self-proclaimed caliphate of ISIS last year, foreign fighters from nearly 50 countries were detained in Syria and Iraq.

Many of their relatives are held in the overcrowded Al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria, home to around 68,000 and where more than 500 people — mostly children — died in 2019.

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10 Responses to “UN claims Children of ISIS fighters must be repatriated”

  1. markone1blog Says:

    If the reports of re-radicalization are correct, wouldn’t it justify somebody coming in and clearing out the retrained radicals?


  2. peter3nj Says:

    Surely there’s a humanitarian charity out there salivating at the opportunity to grease some government palms somewhere in order to make a few billion moving 70,000 refugees around.

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  3. Mustang Says:

    If it was up to Obama, every one of those people would be transported to New York, where there is a huge demand for taxi drivers and goat herders. As you say, there are no easy answers and the numbers of displaced persons is extraordinary. On the other hand, noting the huge difference in these two groups, we dealt with the resettlement of 800,000 Vietnamese refugees between 1976-1990.

    Our country grows weary of having to deal with Middle Eastern people. I seriously doubt that Bashar al-Assad is the monster the US government likes to make him out to be and I do think that he knows far more about the Arab mind that we do. On that issue, one has to wonder —who benefits from this “human disaster?” Whether we are talking about resettlement camps in Syria or the Islamic invasion of Europe (which consists of mostly young male militants), which country in the Middle East walks away a clear winner? The answer is, I believe, Saudi Arabia —a country that for years has created the circumstances of civil war in Syria, unabashedly supports Wahhabi fighters and rabble-rousers, does not hesitate to attack with its US supplied aircraft civilian targets in Yemen, whose interest it is to empty out its own country of its Shi’ite majority, and whose radical wahhabist hand can be seen in the background in both Syria and Iraq. Between 1998-2017, Saudi Arabia was the second largest importer of arms and munitions in the world.

    In any case, as tragic as it may seem to most Americans … displaced persons in Syria (from Iraq, as an example) are not OUR problem. If Islam demands mercy (and I never believed this for a second), then let the richest Islamists show it. Again, that would be Saudi Arabia. My hope is that Israel is smart enough not to allow itself dragged into a confrontation with Iran because the Saudis would like for nothing better than that.

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