ERBIL — Around a half of the hundreds of families held in a camp near Mosul for suspected links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) are Turkish nationals, said the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi.
According to a statement made by the Iraqi PM, many of the people detained in the camp are not guilty of any crime. He pointed out that the government of Iraq is in contact with their home countries, trying to find a way to "hand them over" safely, the Associated Press reported.
Abadi explained that the government is working very hard in regards to this issue, as it is not in Iraq's interests to keep foreign families in the country. He added that so far the Iraqi authorities have repatriated around a hundred foreign nationals, who have lived under IS control in the recently liberated areas.
The camp reportedly holds 1,333 women and children, who surrendered to the Iraqi forces, after the IS militants were pushed out of the areas around Mosul and the neighboring town of Tel Afar.
In addition, the Iraqi PM said that the German teenage girl, who was arrested by the Iraqi forces after traveling to Iraq to join IS, remains in detention in Baghdad and may face the death penalty.
Sixteen-year-old Linda W. ran away from her home in Germany last summer, after communicating with IS extremists via social media. She was found and arrested by the Iraqi forces in a basement in Mosul's Old City last month.
However, Abadi said that Iraq's judiciary will decide whether the girl will face the death penalty, as she can be accountable for criminal activity of willingly joining the IS extremist group.