Iraq: Separated children of foreign IS fighters taken to Baghdad shelter

Several children, whose parents had allegedly come to Iraq from Chechnya and Kazakhstan to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), were visited in the Al-Salihiya shelter, in Baghdad, Monday. The visit was made possible with the assistance of the Russian Embassy in Iraq, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry and the Red Crescent. Some 35 to 40 Russian children and up to 100... Еще children from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have reportedly been placed in shelters in the Iraqi capital. A number of children have also been placed in shelters in Mosul and Kurdistan area. Iraqi Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Mohamed Shia Al-Sudani noted that «some of the children came with foreign fighters and others were born after the formation of families» before adding that the Iraqi Ministry «cooperates with the security services and the organisations, especially the UNICEF, through the department that takes care of children and disabled people.» In the last two weeks, two children were returned to Russia. One of the children, Bilal Tagirov, was just two years old when his father kidnapped and took him to Syria in October 2015 to fight for IS. Having learnt of the situation, Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov ordered his representative in the Middle East, Ziyad Sabsabi, to use his diplomatic connections to return Bilal and other children. Sabsabi is currently working on identifying other children taken from Russia to Syria and Iraq and returning them to Russia.

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