ISIS-linked French citizens and their families expelled from Turkey to France
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Three French citizens linked to the Islamic State group and their nine children returned home on Tuesday, after being expelled by Turkey.
It comes a day after France took back 12 orphaned children of French IS militants from camps in northern Syria.
The three adults – a 35-year-old man and two women, one aged-36 – were taken into custody by the French authorities and the children were placed under the protection of the state.
France has one of the largest contingents of suspected jihadi-linked militants who were captured or turned themselves in, together with their families, in the final stages of the US-backed Kurdish assault on the last fragment of IS’ “caliphate”.
The jihadi proto-state eventually died in the village of Baghouz, on the banks of the Euphrates, in March this year, after a months-long US-backed Kurdish assault.
Larger than expected numbers of families emerged from the ruins of the last IS enclave and the fate of tens of thousands of them remains unclear.