Alwaght- Iraqi authorities are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected ISIS Takfiri terrorists in a camp.
They are being held in custody after Iraqi government forces expelled ISIS terrorist group from one of its last remaining strongholds in Iraq, security and aid officials said.
Sources say many of them say they are from Russia, Turkey and Central Asia, but there are also some from European countries, the officials said. They have mostly arrived at the camp south of Mosul since Aug 30.
An Iraqi intelligence officer was quoted by Reuters as saying that they were in the process of verifying their nationalities with their home countries, since many of the women no longer had their original documents.
It is the largest group of foreigners linked to ISIS terrorist to be held by Iraqi forces since they started expelling the Takfiri terrorists from Mosul and other areas in northern Iraq last year, an aid official said. Thousands of foreigners have been fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
A senior security officer said the authorities were trying to find a safe place to house the families while negotiating with embassies for their return home. They are not allowed to leave the camp.
Iraqi sources say the women and children had mostly surrendered to the Kurdish Peshmerga near the northern city of Tal Afar, along with their husbands. The Kurds handed the women and children over to Iraqi forces, but kept the men - all presumed to be fighters - in their custody.
Many of the families had fled to Tal Afar, liberated by Iraqi forces last month after ISIS was pushed out of Mosul on Aug 30.
In late August, five Russian-speaking children orphaned in Iraq were taken back home to Russia. Earlier in August, a four-year-old Chechen boy, Bilal Tagirov, also returned to Russia after living with his Takfiri father, who was fighting alongside ISIS in Mosul.
Their return home is a complicated affair, as the children lack passports and there are bureaucratic hurdles and a difficult security situation in Iraq.