Feb 10, 2019 19:23 UTC
  • 27 Russian kids born to Daesh terrorists return home from Iraq

A Russian official says Moscow has repatriated a new group of children whose mothers are being held in Iraq over their membership in the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and involvement in criminal acts in the country.

“Twenty-seven Russian children have been repatriated from Baghdad,” an unnamed Russian Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday.

The fathers of the children were killed during three years of fighting between the militants and Iraqi troops, the official said.

On December 30 last year, 30 Russian children born to Daesh terrorists were sent back to Moscow from Iraq.

Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said on December 4 that Moscow had received hundreds of requests from the widows of Daesh terrorists who were slain either in Iraq or Syria over the past few years, to return home.

Moskalkova said over 1,000 requests had been submitted to Russian authorities, adding that the women had “sustained an unimaginable violence.”

She further noted that the repatriation of the Daesh widows is a difficult process given the fact that they have been involved in acts of terror and their return could pose a threat to the safety of Russian citizens.

On April 29, 2018, the Central Criminal Court of Iraq, which is the country's flagship criminal justice institution, found 19 female Russian citizens guilty of “joining and supporting Daesh” and handed down life sentences to them.

The court issued the verdicts as the women, all accompanied by small children, attended the hearing.

Ziyad Sabsabi, a Russian senator and deputy chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, had earlier warned that the Russian women would face death penalty, noting that most of them had denied their charges.

He pointed out that there were children, less than three years of age, who were kept in jail along with their mothers.