An estimated 2,500 children from various nationalities are still stranded in Syria and Iraq. Dozens of them are French and many are under the age of seven, Business Insider reported.
"These children are victims of war," says Marie Dosé, a Paris-based human rights lawyer.
Yet, the French government is still tiptoeing around the matter, in part due to fears from the French public. A recent poll showed that two-thirds of the French population think even the children of ISIS fighters should remain in Syria and Iraq.
Some say the poll was misleading.
Iraq declared victory over ISIS in December, 2017. However, separate terror attacks have been taking place from time to time in different Iraqi cities.