February 7, 2018 – Fort Russ News –
– 20minutes.fr, translated by Tom Winter –
|Archive photo of Daesh fighters in Raqa, from 2014|
Syria: A hundred French jihadists arrested by the Kurds — In accordance with French policy, “they will be judged by the local authorities. They will not be repatriated to France,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian …
A hundred French jihadists have been arrested by Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State (IS) in northeastern Syria, the head of the French diplomacy said on Wednesday. “We are informed that a hundred or so (French jihadists) have been arrested arrested by the Kurds in Syria,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian on the BFMTV channel and on RMC radio.
“We have not really pinned this down yet; we have reports,” he added. A figure mentioned earlier was a few dozen French jihadists detained in camps or prisons in Iraq and Syria, with several dozen minors.”
According to French policy, “they will be judged by the local judicial authorities, and they will not be repatriated to France,” said the minister. Only their children can be repatriated through the Red Cross. In the Syrian case, they will report to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces that has retaken Raqqa, self-proclaimed capital of the IS, noted Jean-Yves Le Drian.
“I will go to Iraq myself soon and I will make it known myself”
Regarding those arrested in Iraq, where the death penalty is applied, France will announce its opposition to any verdict leading to the death penalty. “In these cases, France makes its position known, whether in Iraq or elsewhere,” said the minister recalling that seven French were now sentenced to death in the world, including the United States and Indonesia. “I will go soon to Iraq and I will make it known myself,” added Jean-Yves Le Drian, without further details.