Iraq calls for repatriation of children of foreign militants

A members of the Iraqi Federal Police patrols the streets of Baghdad’s Shula district, as part of inforced security measures taken by the government following the excecution of 13 death row jihadists on June 29, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 03 July 2018
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Iraq calls for repatriation of children of foreign militants

  • At least 833 children of 14 nationalities are currently in prison in Iraq
  • Under Iraqi law, children can face up to 15 years in prison for violent acts

BAGHDAD: Iraq called Tuesday for the home countries of foreign Islamist militants held in its jails to repatriate hundreds of children of the captured militants.
At least 833 children of 14 nationalities are currently in prison in Iraq, according to the Joint Operations Command, which coordinates the fight against the Daesh group.
“We ask all diplomatic missions in Iraq, resident and non-resident, to take back their nationals who have served their sentences and children who are not convicted,” said foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub.
“Iraq has informed all of the countries that have citizens in its prisons. We have already spoken with the embassies of Germany, Azerbaijan, Russia and other countries to take (their citizens) back.”
Iraqi law renders children punishable at the age of nine, according to Human Rights Watch.
They face five years in prison for belonging to Daesh, which swept across Iraq in 2014 and controlled large swathes of the country until last year.
Under Iraqi law, children can face up to 15 years in prison for violent acts.
A Russian diplomatic source in Moscow told AFP that there “are 70 Russian women on trial and there are about 100 children in Iraqi prisons.”
“We are trying to bring these children back to Russia after identifying them because almost all of them do not have identity papers,” the source said.


Arab League FMs hold extraordinary session to discuss Palestinian woes

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Arab League FMs hold extraordinary session to discuss Palestinian woes

Arab League foreign ministers held an extraordinary session in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories. The secretary-general of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, discussed the latest developments on the Palestinian issue and deliberated on the media coverage of the much-touted “Deal of the century.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas briefed the Arab foreign ministers on the issue and the current situation in the Palestinian territories.

The Arab League has 22 member states. It was founded in Cairo in March 1945 with six members. 

It is a political organization that strives to help integrate its members economically, and to help resolve issues involving member states.