Europe is putting pressure on Iraq to receive ISIS foreigners .. This is the position of Baghdad[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/10/17 21:29 • 261 times read[/rtl]
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi officials were cautious on Thursday after talks with European powers this week aimed at speeding up efforts to develop a judicial framework that would allow the trial of militants held inside Syria in Iraq.
Diplomats and officials told Reuters that European countries were trying to speed up a plan to move thousands of ISIS fighters from Syrian detention camps to Iraq, after the Turkish offensive in northern Syria increased the risk of militants fleeing or returning home.
Legal experts from Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden visited Baghdad this week for talks. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Iraq on Thursday to discuss the issue with the Iraqi government and Kurdish leaders.
"The government's priority is to return Iraqi fighters and their families if possible," Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim told a news conference with Le Drian.
"With regard to foreign fighters, these countries have to take the necessary and appropriate measures to try these people," he said, without elaborating.
Europeans make up about a fifth of about 10,000 ISIS fighters captured in Syria by Kurdish factions under military attack by Turkish forces.
If the factions redeploy prison guards at the front lines, the risk of terrorists escaping from prison increases.
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