Scores of children said to be the offspring of Turkish members of Islamic State and held by Iraqi authorities since ISIS forces there were...

Scores of children said to be the offspring of Turkish members of Islamic State and held by Iraqi authorities since ISIS forces there were vanquished have been repatriated to Turkey, according to a spokesman for the Iraqi judiciary. The transfer, undertaken on Wednesday, involved 188 young people of various ages. They were put on a plane at Baghdad’s airport with representatives of both countries present, as well as representatives of UNICEF, the United Nations organization whose mission is to oversee the welfare of children in disputed zones. “The central investigations court, which is responsible for the terrorism file and foreign suspects, has handed the Turkish side 188 children left behind by Daesh terrorists in Iraq,” the spokesman, Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, said in a statement, using the Arabic term for ISIS. Children aged nine and up can be put on trial in Iraq. In fact, it’s reported that 185 offspring of ISIS members are on trial or awaiting trial for offenses ranging from illegal border crossings to actual fighting on behalf of the Islamist group.

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