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Baghdad to repatriate Iraqi ISIS fighters held in Syria - Abd al-Mahdi

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Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi
Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi says Baghdad will repatriate Iraqi members of ISIS held by US-backed fighters in Syria.

He told reporters late Tuesday that families of those fighters will also be brought back and that tent settlements will be prepared to host them.

Abd al-Mahdi’s announcement came a week after the US called on other nations to repatriate and prosecute their citizens who traveled to Syria to fight with ISIS and who are now being held by Washington's local partners.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they have detained more than 900 foreign fighters during their US-backed campaign against ISIS in northeastern Syria.

Abd al-Mahdi's comment came after a meeting he held Tuesday in Baghdad with acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
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