Bosnia postpones repatriation of ex-ISIS fighters from Syria

Women look after children at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced where families of ISIS foreign fighters are held. (File photo: AFP)

Bosnia said on Friday that the repatriation of nine ex-ISIS fighters, along with wives and children, from Syria that had been planned for this weekend, would be delayed until further notice.

The chairman of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency Zeljko Komsic said this week the group would return home this weekend.

But Bosnia’s security ministry, citing “sudden and unforeseen circumstances in Syria”, said the return of the group - all Bosnian citizens - had been put off indefinitely. It did not elaborate.

The ministry was in contact with international partners to organize the transfer when conditions improved.

Hundreds of Bosnian citizens are believed to have left Europe to fight for ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and many are now in detention camps waiting to be handed over to their countries of origin.

In October, Bosnia’s security minister said the country was preparing to take back and try nine of its nationals suspected of fighting for ISIS in Syria but their return was postponed after Turkey launched a military incursion into northeast Syria to fight Kurdish militia.

ISIS lost its last territorial foothold in Syria in March of this year and many of its militants are now believed to be in Kurdish-run prisons in northern Syria.

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