Syrian Democratic Forces hand over 100 Iraqi ISIS militants to Iraqi authorities

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of North and East Syria handed over 100 detained members of the Islamic State (ISIS) of Iraqi origin to Iraqi authorities near the Rabia Border Crossing on Wednesday.

The SDF still have approximately 12,000 suspected ISIS members in custody, including 2,500–3,000 foreigners from 57 countries.

Thousands of those currently in custody were arrested during the joint SDF–U.S.-led International Coalition campaign against ISIS near the city of Baghouz, the groups last stronghold in eastern Syria.

The SDF has repeatedly called for the countries of origin for the foreign ISIS members to take back their citizens, establish an international court to try them, or assist North and East Syria materially to ensure secure detainment and prosecution of ISIS members.

On Monday, the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner said that U.N. human rights experts called on the international community to repatriate their citizens.