ISISBaghdad (IraqiNews.com) ISIS News Today: Five hundred Belgium nationals had joined Islamic State militants in Iraq, a Belgian delegation visiting Baghdad said Tuesday, urging Iraq not to grant them amnesty.
Speaking in a joint press conference with a number of Iraqi MPs, a spokesperson of a delegation from the Belgian parliament offered his country’s “apology” for that fact.
Alsumaria News network quoted the spokesman saying that Brussels “does not encourage pardoning those or assimilating them into the society, but to rather execute them”.
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Islamic State has lost thousands of its foreign members since Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, launched an offensive in 2016 to retake areas occupied by the group since 2014.
The group has so far lost its former capital, Mosul, and the town of Tal Afar, a major enclave to the west.
Past reports had warned that foreign militants returning home from fighting in Iraq and Syria could pose a security threat. Europe has been witnessing recurrent attacks since the emergence of IS in 2014.
Recently the Iraqi government said it holds more than 1400 children and women of Islamic State members. The United Nations had urged the Iraqi government to endure there were no breaches to human rights handling those individuals.