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At least 100 European Isis fighters ‘to be prosecuted in Iraq, with most facing death penalty’
Among those detained are Belgians, Russians and fighters from Central Asia
At least 100 European Isis fighters will be prosecuted in Iraq, with most facing the death penalty, the country’s ambassador to Belgium has reportedly said.
Jawad al-Chlaihawi said Belgians were among those detained, along with jihadists from Russia, Chechnya and Central Asia.
Fighters from around the world joined Isis’s call to arms when the group established its so-called caliphate across Iraq and Syria in 2014.
British fighters, including the notorious Mohammed Emwazi, also known as ‘Jihadi John’, were among them. He is believed to have been killed in a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria in 2015.
Mr Chlaihawi told Belgium’s RTPF there were around 1,400 family members of foreign fighters of suspected Isis members, including children, being held near Mosul.
Many are reportedly from Turkey, and former Soviet countries in Central Asia, but there are also believed to be some French and Germans among them.