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German Security Chief Wants Captive Islamic State Suspects Screened

TEL AVIV -- The Islamic State has released photos over the encrypted Telegram forum purpoting to be from the areas under its control in Syria showing members of the IS-affiliated Khaed Bin Waleed militia in the Yarmouk region of the Golan, the triangular border zone between Syria, Jordan and Israel.
Islamic Telegram

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s top security official says suspected German members of the Islamic State group captured in Syria need to be screened before they can return home.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer says Germany needs to know with certainty the identities of IS fighters and their families, and what they allegedly did, “before anyone gets put on a plane.”

His comments in an interview Wednesday with daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung come after U.S. President Donald Trump called on European allies to take back their citizens or risk them being turned loose.

Authorities believe Syrian Kurdish forces are holding about 50 German IS fighters and a similar number of family members. There are arrest warrants for only a handful when they return to Germany, partly due to a lack of reliable evidence against them.


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