UK rescue British child from Syria in bid to bring home minors taken to war-torn country in ISIS conflict

A BRIT child has been repatriated from Syria in a bid to bring home orphaned or abandoned youngsters caught up in the fight against ISIS.

A team left the war-torn state with the youngster on Tuesday with the rescue mission orchestrated by the UK’s Syria Envoy, Martin Longden.

However, the identity of the child must remain anonymous for legal reasons, Sky News reports.

Save the Children believes that up to 60 British youngsters are still stranded in camps after their parents travelled to Syria to fight for ISIS.

In some instances the children will still be with their mothers but others will be left on their own in the often dangerous camps.

These are children who have experienced the worst horrors of war and bringing them home is the right thing to do.

Last year the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Britain would take "the necessary and secure steps" bring vulnerable minors home.

He added: "These are children who have experienced the worst horrors of war and bringing them home is the right thing to do.”

A small number of children have already been rescue from northeast Syria but there are still many more in displacement camps.

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Despite work to repatriate children, the government is reluctant to do the same for adults with left in camps or cramped detention centres, guarded by Kurdish armed forces.

Jihadi bride Shamima Begum is among those kept in the camps after she travelled to Syria as a 15-year-old to be with her ISIS fighter husband.

Then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her citizenship on national security grounds last February after the Times newspaper found her, nine months pregnant.

She has since won a bombshell legal ruling to be allowed back to the UK to challenge her revoked British citizenship – but faces arrest on arrival.

Britain was also under pressure to take back Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, two members of the infamous ‘ISIS Beatles’.

El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey – known as "George" and "Ringo" – are believe to have participated in brutal murders, horrific torture and even crucifixions on ISIS hostages.

After their arrest both claimed they joined the terrorist group for "religious reasons" and were stripped of their right to be a UK citizen.

The pair are being held by US forces in Iraq but the Americans are hoping to put them on trial.

 

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