Nov 12, 2019 17:59 UTC
  • UN: Daesh militants’ home states must take them back

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the home countries of Daesh terrorists captured in Iraq and Syria must take back their terrorist nationals.

“We need international cooperation to solve the problem,” Guterres, who is attending the Paris Peace Forum alongside some 30 world leaders, told France’s RTL radio. “We cannot just ask Iraq and Syria to solve the problem for everyone. There must be real international solidarity.”

He said the wives and children of those terrorists must also be taken back and reintegrated into their respective societies.

Turkey, which neighbors both Iraq and Syria, has already started deporting captured Daesh terrorists to their home countries.

The Turkish army launched a cross-border offensive into northeastern Syria in a declared attempt to clear hostile Kurdish militants from border areas on October 9. Several terrorists escaped from a prison in northeastern Syria following the Turkish operation. Turkey says its troops have managed to capture some of those runaway Daesh terrorists.

The European Commission has announced that more than 2,500 people who once left various European countries to join the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq or Syria are currently unaccounted for.

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