Stars and Stripes stripes.com 20 Dec, 2020 12:45 am

Germany brings home three women, 12 kids from camps in Syria

Germany brings home three women, 12 kids from camps in Syria
European governments have been reluctant to take back the often radicalized Islamic State supporters and sentiment is running high across Europe against the returnees.

However, the German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported that all three women had left Germany in recent years to join the extremist Islamic State group Syria.It said she is accused of membership in the foreign terrorist group Islamic State and allegedly committed crimes against humanity.Hundreds of Europeans — many of them young women — left the continent in the last couple of years to join the Islamic State and fight in Syria and Iraq.European governments, however, have been reluctant to take back the often radicalized Islamic State supporters and sentiment is running high across Europe against the returnees.

Maas said he was "very relieved" about the return of the 12 children and three of their mothers."These are humanitarian cases, especially orphans and children with illnesses — cases in which the departure was urgently needed," Maas said.

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