27 Children Linked With Terrorism Repatriated by Russia

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.

In November, Kheda Saratova an adviser to Chechnya’s authoritarian leader Ramzan Kadyrov  estimated “around 2,000” widows and children of Russian IS fighters were still in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

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