Fiji Time: 3:29 PM on Wednesday 21 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / World

'Cooperative' access to IS families

Friday, March 09, 2018

BAGHDAD - The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday it had "increasingly cooperative" access to families of suspected Islamic State militants whose safety in detention has been a focus of concern for foreign aid agencies.

More than 1000 wives and children have been held in Iraq since the defeat of Islamic State militants in August 2017, and some of the women have gone on trial for joining Islamic State.

The ICRC has had intermittent access to the families, giving humanitarian aid and helping co-ordinate contact with relatives or officials in their countries of origin.

Foreign aid agencies said last year they were "gravely concerned" about the fate of the families.

"With regard to families of foreign fighters: ICRC has had various but increasingly cooperative accesses to those families," ICRC President Peter Maurer told reporters during a visit to Baghdad.

"We were able to bring assistance to those families in need, to reestablish some minimal contacts with family members abroad."

The families mostly came from Turkey, France, Germany and former Soviet states, such as Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Russia.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64740.6284
JPY 53.386250.3862
GBP 0.35270.3447
EUR 0.40460.3926
NZD 0.69590.6629
AUD 0.64750.6225
USD 0.49700.4800



Exchange Rate updated on 21st, March, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Deadly disease
  2. Free education clarification
  3. Veremalua wants another gold, a win for his daughter
  4. Datt declares NFP support
  5. Home for widow
  6. SJSS take two
  7. Drop-outs return to school
  8. Hospital deal excites IFC
  9. WHO lends support
  10. SGS junior has fastest 100m time

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sims' 100th game Thursday (15 Mar)
  2. Men urged to marry Thursday (15 Mar)
  3. Meningococcal disease outbreak Tuesday (20 Mar)
  4. 'Forced to go' Saturday (17 Mar)
  5. Doctors speak out Sunday (18 Mar)
  6. No desk for this girl Monday (19 Mar)
  7. Where are our horses Sunday (18 Mar)
  8. Baravilala's ode to Cessna victims Thursday (15 Mar)
  9. A star in the making Thursday (15 Mar)
  10. 12 dead by disease Tuesday (20 Mar)