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Syria Kurds Urge World to Take Back Foreign Jihadists

Counterterrorism & Security

7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 15:23 GMT

A warning has come from Syria’s Kurds on Sunday, March 24th, that the thousands of foreign jihadists they have captured in their fight against Isis, are like a time-bomb the international community needs to defuse urgently.

Moreover, the Kurdish administration's top foreign affairs official, Abdel Karim Omar, has warned that the jihadists' foreign captives also pose a threat, as he spoke a day after Kurdish-led forces announced the final demise of Isis’s last stronghold.

"There are thousands of fighters, children and women and from 54 countries, not including Iraqis and Syrians, who are a serious burden and danger for us and for the international community," Omar told AFP.

"Numbers increased massively during the last 20 days of the Baghouz operation," he elaborated, referring to the village by the Euphrates where diehard jihadists made a bloody last stand on the last sliver of land remaining to them.

Meanwhile, the fate of foreign Isis fighters is a major issue, as the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) closed in on the once-sprawling proto-state the jihadists declared in 2014.

Lastly, after a months-long assault by the US-backed SDF to eliminate the last Isis foothold in the Euphrates Valley, jihadists and their families gradually gathered in Baghouz, as the last rump of the "caliphate" shrank around them.

However, while some managed to escape, many of the foreigners stayed behind, either surrendering to the SDF or fighting to the death.

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