Two jihadist women and nine children back in France

The group was arrested in Turkey, a country that regularly expels alleged members of ISIS.

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The Turkish army in operations near Kilis, near the Syrian border, where a group of two jihadist women with children had been arrested.
The Turkish army in operations near Kilis, near the Syrian border, where a group of two jihadist women with children had been arrested. OZAN ​​KOSE / AFP

Two jihadist women and nine children accompanying them landed Tuesday, September 24 in the morning at Roissy airport, back from Turkey where they had been arrested, AFP learned from concordant sources, confirming information from France Inter.

One of the two French mothers, suspected of belonging to the Islamic State organization, could be Jennifer Clain, the niece of brothers Fabien and Jean-Michel Clain, who claimed on behalf of the IS the attacks of November 13, 2015 said these sources. For "The filiation, it remains to carry out verifications, but it is the orientation", said a source close to the file.

The nine children, aged between 3 and 13 years old, have been sentenced to child welfare by the courts, according to a source close by.

Propaganda machine

Jennifer Clain was arrested by the Turkish authorities with two other women in July in Kilis province, bordering Syria. She is married to Kévin Gonot, a French man sentenced to death in Iraq on May 26 by the Baghdad antiterrorist court for belonging to the IS.

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Fabien and Jean-Michel Clain, veterans of French jihadism who were at the heart of IS propaganda, are given dead since February, when the international coalition against IS announced their death in a strike, without provide details. Since their departure from France – the youngest had joined Syria before the eldest, who will go there in early 2015 – the two men remained untraceable, the authorities thinking they were still in the country.

This operation is distinct from the case-by-case repatriation of children from Syrian Kurdistan; it is part of the regular expulsions of jihadists by Turkey.

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In the early years of the Syrian conflict, which began in March 2011, Turkey was the main point of passage to Syria for foreigners, especially Westerners, wishing to join jihadist groups. Long accused by its allies of turning a blind eye to these passages, Ankara, following attacks on its soil, closed its border with Syria, increased the arrests and expulsions of suspected foreign jihadists, and joined the international anti-war coalition. EI.


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