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Five children of French jihadists return home from Syria

Paris - The French government said Friday it had repatriated five orphaned children of French jihadists' from camps in northeast Syria, where a five-year offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group is drawing to a bloody close.

Syria's Kurds set free nearly 300 IS-linked Syrians

Beirut - Nearly 300 Syrians suspected of belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group have been freed because they have "no blood on their hands", Kurdish authorities who were holding them said.

Iraq saves France thorny repatriations of IS jihadists

Baghdad - By pledging to try 13 French Islamic State group fighters, Iraq has assumed the role of judge and jailor for the suspected jihadists -- thereby saving Paris the controversy of repatriating them.

Iraq to prosecute 13 French IS fighters seized in Syria

Paris - Iraqi courts will prosecute 13 French citizens captured while fighting for the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, Iraq's President Barham Saleh said Monday.

Iraq received 14 French IS fighters from Syria Kurds: government

Baghdad - Fourteen French nationals accused of fighting for the Islamic State group were transferred to Iraq by US-backed forces squeezing the jihadists' final Syrian bastion, an Iraqi government source said Monday.

Security forces free Mali official from jihadists

Bamako - A senior government official and a journalist abducted by suspected jihadists in Mali have been freed, a security source told AFP on Tuesday.

After IS, French women held in Syria say ready to go home

- Detained after fleeing the Islamic State group's crumbling Syrian holdout, two women from France say they are ready to go home -- if they are judged fairly.

Germany wants trial for Syria jihadists but warns of difficulties

Berlin - Germany vowed Monday to prosecute German IS fighters but warned that it would be "extremely difficult" to organise the repatriation of European nationals from Syria, after US President Donald Trump called on allies to take back alleged jihadists.

Take back jihadists, Trump tells Europe

Washington - European nations must take back hundreds of Islamic State group fighters captured in Syria, President Donald Trump said late Saturday, after a delay in announcing what he said would be the end of the "caliphate.

187 ex-jihadists surrender in Cameroon

Mora - Nearly 200 Cameroonians who were members of Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadist group have returned home and surrendered to the authorities after breaking with the organisation, the government said Thursday.

After joining IS aged 15, German woman asks to go home

- Four years after leaving Germany to live under the Islamic State group, 19-year-old Leonora has fled the jihadists' last bastion in eastern Syria and says it's time to go home.

S.African 'jihad suspect' dies in Mozambique hospital

Maputo - A South African businessman held in Mozambique on suspicion of being a jihadist leader has died in hospital under mysterious circumstances, his wife and a medical source told AFP on Wednesday.

Kurd-led forces overrun last IS-held village in Syria: monitor

Beirut - Kurdish-led fighters overran the last village held by the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday, confining its once vast cross-border "caliphate" to two small hamlets, a war monitor said.

Al-Qaeda's shadow still hangs over Syria's Idlib: analysts

Paris - The jihadist group now controlling Idlib province in northwest Syria claims to have broken with Al-Qaeda, but analysts say that despite several rebrandings there's no sign it has changed its stripes.

By necessity or design, Iraqi women launch Mosul firms

Mosul - Under the thumb of jihadist rule they were deemed minors -- unable to do anything without permission from a father or husband -- but today women are establishing businesses in Iraq's Mosul.

Tunisia convicts dozens of jihadists over teen beheading

Tunis - A Tunisian court has convicted dozens of jihadists over the 2015 murder of a teenage shepherd, but the vast majority remain on the run, a prosecution spokesman said Wednesday.

Tunisia convicts dozens of jihadists over teen beheading

Tunis - A Tunisian court has convicted dozens of jihadists over the 2015 murder of a teenage shepherd, but the vast majority remain on the run, a prosecution spokesman said Wednesday.

Russian IS fighters' children return home from Iraq

Moscow - Thirty Russian children whose mothers are in prison in Iraq for belonging to the Islamic State arrived Sunday in Moscow from Baghdad, Russian authorities said.

Jihadists kill 8 Syria troops near truce zone: monitor

Beirut - Jihadists have killed at least eight Syrian government troops near a planned buffer zone around the country's last major rebel bastion, a monitor said on Saturday.

Three dead in first car bomb in Mosul since IS ouster: officials

Mosul - A car bomb killed three people in Iraq's Mosul on Thursday, medical and security officials said, the first such attack since jihadists were ousted from the city last year.

IS suffers heavy Syria losses despite Kurd pause: monitor

Beirut - At least 45 Islamic State group fighters have been killed around their last enclave in Syria despite a pause in a two-month Kurdish-led assault, a monitor said on Wednesday.

IS kills 3 Iraq village chiefs in a week: officials

Kirkuk - Jihadists have killed three village chiefs in less than a week in Iraq's restive north, local officials said Saturday, as the targeting of state representatives escalates.

French jihadist mothers in Syria face terrible choice

Paris - For dozens of French women detained in Syria, an impossible choice looms: keeping their children in a war zone, or sending them home knowing they might never see each other again.

France seeks to bring home jihadists' kids from Syria

Paris - France is seeking to repatriate some of the 150 children of French jihadists identified as being in Syria, as Western nations grapple with how to handle citizens who left to join extremists.

German IS 'shoemaker' pleads to come home from Syria

- From northern Syria, Muslim convert Sufyan is imploring his native Germany to take him back, having been captured years after joining the Islamic State group's so-called "caliphate".

Dread of sharia haunts Malian town besieged by jihadists

Mopti - With a trembling finger, Amadou Koita points to the square where he was lashed 30 times in public.For several months, this remote town in central Mali was occupied by jihadist rebels who have unleashed a spiral of violence in the region.

Moscow, Ankara say Syria buffer going ahead despite missed deadline

Beirut - Russia and Turkey said Tuesday their deal to set up a buffer zone for the last major Syrian rebel bastion of Idlib was still on course, despite jihadists missing a deadline to withdraw.

Hundreds taken by IS from displacement camp in east Syria: monitor

Beirut - Hundreds of people were taken by Islamic State group fighters from a displacement camp in east Syria during a jihadist counterattack against advancing US-backed forces, a monitor said Saturday.

Syria Kurds say they hold 900 foreign IS fighters

Kamishli - Syrian Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State group hold around 900 of the organisation's foreign jihadists, a spokesman said on Thursday, a sharp increase from a previous figure.

Four years of coalition strikes on Syria kill 3,300 civilians: monitor

Beirut - More than 3,000 civilians have been killed in US-led coalition air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria since they began four years ago, a monitor said on Sunday.
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