U.S. normal urges sooner repatriation of IS households in Syria camp By Reuters

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© Reuters. Common Michael “Erik” Kurilla , Commander of U.S. Central Command, speaks throughout a information convention to showcase present Keen Lion army workouts in Jordan, in Amman’s Marka air base, Jordan September 12, 2022. REUTERS/Jehad Shelbak

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By Suleiman Al-Khalidi

AMMAN (Reuters) – The repatriation and reintegration of 1000’s of households of Islamic State militants languishing in a Kurdish-run detention camp in northeast Syria must be accelerated, the highest U.S. normal within the Center East stated on Monday.

Common Michael “Erik” Kurilla, who leads U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), stated most of the residents of al Hol camp have been households of IS members who had fled Islamic State’s remaining enclave of Baghouz in Syria in 2019. A majority of the residents are girls and kids.

“We now have to take a look at this with empathy as a result of there is no such thing as a army resolution to this. The one resolution is to repatriate, rehabilitate and reintegrate these members within the camp,” he added.

Nearly half of the camp’s residents have been adherents of IS ideology whereas the others have been households who needed to return to their houses, Kurilla stated.

Of the 54,000 residents, half have been Iraqis, 18,000 have been Syrians and the remaining 8,500 got here from different international locations, stated Kurilla, who visited the camp in current days.

The United Nations, rights teams and others have decried the resistance of many international locations towards repatriating their residents, whom they are saying are held in inhumane situations with out due course of.

They are saying some states have balked at reclaiming their residents, citing safety issues.

“What’s wanted is for international locations to step up and do their job. It is wanted to have them tackle and produce their residents again residence,” Kurilla informed a information convention in Amman, the place CENTCOM is holding one of many largest army workouts within the area.

He stated the present tempo of repatriation, of 125 to 150 Iraqi households per thirty days, is simply too gradual and would take 4 years to finish.

“We now have obtained to speed up that,” he stated.

Together with serving to Iraq velocity the switch of IS detainees held in Syria to face trial of their nation, CENTCOM was additionally working to convey again residence the households of the Iraqi IS detainees, Kurilla stated.

A 3-week safety marketing campaign in camp waged by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to clamp down on file violence this yr turned up hidden weapons and explosives, Kurilla stated.

He stated two SDF personnel have been killed within the camp.

“This confirms what we have now identified all alongside – that there are IS within the camp,” he added.

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