Crime & Justice

2 Dutch ISIS women arrested on return home



A woman carries a child at the al-Hol camp for displaced people in Syria's al-Hasakeh on June 3rd, 2019. Al-Hol camp is bursting with Syrians, Iraqis and people from more than 40 other nations who fled successive assaults against the last ISIS bastions in Syria. [Delil Souleiman/AFP]

Dutch police on Tuesday (November 19th) arrested two women who joined the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) in Syria after they were deported by Turkey to the Netherlands, prosecutors said.

The women, one of whom has two young children, were being held on terror charges following their arrival at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, the prosecution service said in a statement.

"Two women who have returned from the battlefield of ISIS in Syria have been deported by Turkey and arrested Tuesday evening on arrival at Schiphol airport," the Dutch prosecutors said.

"They are suspected of participating in a terrorist organisation. The Royal Military Police (who guard airports and ports) arrested the women and handed them over to the police."

One of those arrested was a 23-year-old woman with two children -- aged three and four -- who was detained in January 2018 in Turkey, prosecutors said.

The other was a 25-year-old woman who had reported to the Dutch embassy in Ankara in October and asked for consular assistance to return.

The pair will appear before magistrates in the port city of Rotterdam on Friday, the prosecutors said.

Earlier this month, a Dutch court said the government must "actively" help repatriate children of women who joined ISIS in Syria but the mothers themselves need not be taken back.

The ruling came after lawyers representing 23 extremist women launched a lawsuit last week demanding the Netherlands return them and their 56 children from detention camps in northern Syria.

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