Children of Russian IS fighters jailed in Iraq flown to Moscow
Moscow [Russia], Dec 31 (Sputnik/ANI): A plane from Baghdad carrying 30 Russian children whose mothers remain in Iraqi prisons for joining an Islamist terror group landed at a Moscow airport on Sunday, airport authorities said. "The plane made a regular landing at around 8:27 p.m. [17:27]," a spokesperson of the Zhukovsky airport told Sputnik. The children including 16 girls and 14 boys aged three to 15, were taken to a national health center for a medical examination, the press office of the Russian Health Ministry said in a statement. Kheda Saratova, a member of the Russian working group that assisted in the effort, said that many children were ill after spending time in jail in Iraq and needed medical and psychological help. The working group estimates 115 children, whose mothers brought them to Iraq and joined the Islamic State (IS, banned in Russia) terror group, remain in an Iraqi prison. A hundred women and their children, mostly from Russia's Muslim-majority Caucasus region, have been repatriated since 2017. Russian authorities are now working to bring back children of Russian mothers who were born in Syria and Iraq.
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