Kurdish-controlled camps where jihadists are held in northeastern Syria are not currently threatened by the ongoing Turkish offensive in the region, the French foreign minister said on Wednesday (October 16th).
"To my knowledge, at present, the Turkish offensive and the positioning of SDS (Kurdish-Arab alliance, Ed) have not resulted in these camps, which are mainly in the north east -is Syrian, are threatened in (their) safety and security essential, "noted Jean-Yves Le Drian on the BFMTV channel and Radio RMC.
About 12,000 ISC fighters, including 2,500 to 3,000 foreigners, are being held in Kurdish-controlled prisons, according to figures from Kurdish sources.
Europeans, the first concerned by the risk of attacks, fear for their safety if the Kurds, committed to the Turks, can no longer hold these camps, located in the far northeastern Syria, near the Turkish border.
Discussions around a "judicial device" in Iraq
Jean-Yves Le Drian also said that he would visit Iraq "very soon" to discuss the creation in this country of an international "device" to judge the jihadists of the OEI.
"We must make sure, with the Iraqi authorities, that we can find the means to have a judicial device capable of judging all these fighters, including a priori the French fighters," he said. -he assures.
Seven European countries - France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark - have been discussing for several months the possibility of setting up an international court in Iraq to try foreign jihadists.