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Syria: Turkish offensive reopens debate on the fate of French jihadists

2019-10-19T18:40:33.076Z

The offensive launched by Turkey revives the debate on the situation of foreign fighters, but also women and children detained by the Kurds in eastern Syria. In France, voices are rising to demand their repatriation.



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In Roj camp, Syria, July 2019. RFI / Noé Pignède

The offensive launched by Turkey revives the debate on the situation of foreign fighters, but also women and children detained by the Kurds in eastern Syria. In France, voices are rising to demand their repatriation.

David De Pas, coordinator of the antiterrorist pole of the Paris court, fears the uncontrolled return of jihadists who can commit attacks in Europe and believes that not repatriate French nationals held by the Kurds in Syria is therefore a risk.

Another dangerous scenario according to him: " the reconstitution of particularly seasoned and determined terrorist groups " in Syria and in the region. " It takes a political will to repatriate, " asserts the magistrate.

Seized by families, two UN committees, the rights of the child and against torture, ask the French authorities to take measures to protect the rights of French nationals held by Syrian Kurds.

Women and children

Families and their lawyers also wrote to President Emmanuel Macron to ask him to organize the return to France of these people, mostly women and children.

This week, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian traveled to Iraq to study a possible transfer to this country of French jihadists currently held in Syria. However, at the request of Baghdad, these discussions only deal with the case of jihadists who fought on Iraqi soil.

About 300 French women and children are detained by Kurdish forces that hold 12,000 jihadists, including 2,500 to 3,000 foreigners and among them 60 French fighters. After the launch of the Turkish offensive in northern Syria on October 9, the Kurds announced that hundreds of jihadists had fled.

► See also: The Drian in Iraq to negotiate the transfer of the French jihadists from Syria

Source: rfi

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