US to hand over to Iraq Daesh members evacuated from Syria

A member of the US-backed SDF stands guard next to men waiting to be screened after being evacuated out of the last territory held by Daesh near Baghouz, eastern Syria. (AP Photo)
Updated 10 October 2019

US to hand over to Iraq Daesh members evacuated from Syria

  • Nearly 50 militants are expected to be handed over in the coming hours
  • Not clear whether they include two British militants who were moved out of a detention center in Syria and are now in US custody

BAGHDAD: Two Iraqi intelligence officials say the US is planning to hand over to Iraqi authorities dozens of members of the Daesh group recently transferred from Syria.
The officials said the nearly 50 militants are expected to be handed over in the coming hours.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. They declined to provide details or say whether they included two British militants who were moved out of a detention center in Syria and were now in US custody, according to US officials.
The two are believed to be part of an Daesh cell nicknamed “The Beatles” that beheaded foreign hostages in Syria.
The transfer of militants comes after the White House said Turkey will take over responsibility for the thousands of imprisoned fighters in Syria.


Tunisia says militant leader killed in anti-terror raid

Updated 20 October 2019

Tunisia says militant leader killed in anti-terror raid

  • Tunisian armed forces and national guardsmen led the operation
  • A terrorist leader from the Al-Qaeda branch in Tunisia was killed

TUNIS: An Al-Qaeda leader was killed and another wounded during an anti-terror raid in Tunisia on Sunday, according to the country’s defense ministry.
Tunisian armed forces and national guardsmen led the operation against Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the mountainous Kasserine region near the Algerian border, ministry spokesman Mohamed Zekri told AFP.
“A terrorist leader from the Okba Ibn Nafaa group was killed” and another injured in the ongoing operation, he said.
Okba Ibn Nafaa is the Tunisian branch of AQIM.
Various extremiist groups are active in the rugged frontier region of Kasserine, including the Daesh group-affiliated Jund Al-Khalifa, or “Soldiers of the Caliphate.”
Security forces regularly carry out raids in the area.
Tunisia faced a rise in extremist activity after its 2011 revolution, with attacks killing dozens of security personnel, civilians and foreign tourists.
While the security situation has significantly improved since a series of deadly attacks in 2015, Tunisia has maintained a state of emergency for four years and assaults against security forces have persisted.