French Islamic State accused handed over to face trial in Iraq

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Iraqi president Barham Saleh said the 13 were handed over by Syrian Kurdish forces last month.

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Thirteen French citizens accused of fighting for the Islamic State group are to be tried in Iraq rather than face charges back home in France, reports the BBC.

Iraqi president Barham Saleh said the 13 were handed over by Syrian Kurdish forces last month.

French president Emmanuel Macron declined to comment, saying it was a sovereign matter for Iraq.

The news comes as several Western countries struggle with the fate of alleged militants returning from Syria.

The UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States have all grappled with the question of whether to allow those who left to join the Islamic State to return - and potentially face prosecution when they do.

The fate of the 13 French citizens was revealed during a press conference between presidents Macron and Saleh in France, following bilateral talks.

Read more of this report from the BBC.

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