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Syria Kurds hand over 12 French orphans from IS families

France has one of the largest contingents of suspected jihadists [Getty]

Date of publication: 10 June, 2019

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The Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria has handed over 12 French orphans born to jihadi families to a French government delegation.
The Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria has handed over 12 French orphans born to jihadi families to a French government delegation, an official said Monday.

The children, the oldest of whom is aged-ten, had been living in camps where tens of thousands of people who fled recent fighting against the Islamic State group are still housed.

Kurdish officials handed over "12 orphaned French children from IS families to a delegation from the French ministry of foreign affairs", top foreign affairs official Abdulkarim Omar said in a statement.

He said the transfer took place in the town of Ain Issa on Sunday and added that two orphaned Dutch children were also handed over to a government delegation from the Netherlands.

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France has one of the largest contingents of suspected jihadists who were captured or turned themselves in, together with their families, in the final stages of the US-backed Kurdish assault on the last fragment of IS' "caliphate".

The jihadi proto-state eventually died in the village of Baghouz, on the banks of the Euphrates, in March this year, after a months-long US-backed Kurdish assault.

Larger than expected numbers of families emerged from the ruins of the last IS enclave and the fate of tens of thousands of them remains unclear.

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