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Grandfather recovers baby born to German nationals arrested in Iraq

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A baby born to German nationals in ISIS-held territory in Iraq has been taken back to Germany. His parents are under investigation for alleged links to the 'Islamic State' terror group in Erbil, DW reported on Friday.
German NDR and WDR public broadcaster and the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) newspaper reported on Thursday that the 14-month-old boy's parents, originally from Germany's central Hesse state, were being held in Erbil in northern Iraq.
Investigations against both parents were proceeding in Germany and Iraq on suspicion of involvement in terrorism.
Germany's foreign office and Iraqi judicial authorities had acted as intermediaries to help the grandfather collect the boy after family links were validated via DNA testing.
Early in January, the German government — responding to an opposition Greens parliamentary question —  said it thought that more than 100 infants of German parents with alleged ISIS links could be in Iraq.
German intelligence agencies estimate that in the years up to last November more than 960 Islamists had traveled from Germany to Syria and Iraq to join the ISIS prior to its military defeats. Of these, a third are thought to have returned to Germany while about 150 had died in combat.
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