June 05, 2019

American Women, Children Tied to IS Headed Home

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Voice of America

Journalists Jeff Seldin, Sirwan Kajjo

Two American women accused of joining with the Islamic State terror group, along with their children, are heading back to the United States.

Kamal Akif, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led administration in northeast Syria, told VOA the women and six children were turned over U.S. custody Wednesday in the city of Ain Issa.

“U.S. government representatives were present today when the transfer of those women and children took place,” he told VOA in a phone interview, adding the U.S. had been investigating their claims of citizenship for months.

The U.S. State Department Wednesday said it was assisting with the repatriation of Americans from Syria, though officials declined to provide specifics.

“We can confirm that several U.S. citizens, including young children, have been safely recovered from Syria,” a State Department official told VOA.

“The safety and security of U.S. citizens is our highest priority,” the official added. “Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.”

Read the full article and more in Voice of America.


  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...