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Iraqi officials want to send jailed ISIS brides home

  • Iraqi officials are holding around 3,000 jihadi wives and children in prisons
  • At least 1,750 are foreign – but European countries are refusing to take them 
  • Governments consider the young sons of ISIS fighters as ‘ticking time bombs’

After driving ISIS out of most of their country, Iraqi officials are holding around 3,000 jihadi wives and children.

At least 1,750 of these are foreign – but European countries are refusing to take them back in case they attack or radicalise others.

The chief adviser to the ministry, Dr Wahab Altaey, said governments consider the young sons of ISIS fighters as ‘ticking time bombs’.  

Yevgenia from Volgograd in Russia said she preferred Islamic State to her homeland

He said European governments: ‘Did not accept the idea of receiving the dependents.’ 

The foreigners are locked up in a secure prison in Tal Keif, near Mosul.

Sky News’ John Sparks spoke to four ISIS brides there about their time with the terror group.

One mother of three from Hamburg said she joined because she got made fun of for wearing the burqa in Germany – but no-one in the Islamic State insulted her.

Yevgenia from Volgograd in Russia similarly said: ‘You wear black, you take care of your kids and people don’t push you or point fingers at you when you go to the market. There was no problem there.’

When asked about the atrocities ISIS committed, she said: ‘Tell me honestly, how would you describe people who drop bombs on civilians? How many women and children were killed? It’s a controversial thing when you ask who are the terrorists.’

But not all women joined ISIS voluntarily. One French woman Jamelah said her husband tricked her by saying they were going on a family holiday to Turkey. 

She said she had one phone call from the French consulate but was not hopeful of being allowed home anytime soon.

A senior Iraqi military official told Sky News he considered the women and children to be terrorist threats who should not be freed.

It is unlikely these women and children will be released soon. 

Dr Wahab said: ‘We are trying to divide them into groups – those that can be extradited and those who will remain in Iraq. We have to deal with them all in a humane manner.’

Not all women joined ISIS voluntarily. One French woman Jamelah (pictured) said her husband tricked her by saying they were going on a family holiday to Turkey

Not all women joined ISIS voluntarily. One French woman Jamelah (pictured) said her husband tricked her by saying they were going on a family holiday to Turkey

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