2 more Tajik children to be repatriated from Iraq


DUSHANBE -- The foreign ministries in Tajikistan and Iraq are co-ordinating the repatriation of two Tajik children to Dushanbe within the next few days, Asia-Plus reported Friday (June 29).

An agreement on the issue was reached Tuesday (June 26), according to the Tajik Foreign Ministry, which did not identify the children.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old girl named Aisha, who gave birth to a baby in Iraq May 25, will be allowed to return to Tajikistan with her child when the baby turns 40 days old.

Aisha, Abdullo, 9, Fatima, 7, and Muhammad, 3, are the children of Dushanbe resident Ilhomiddin Aslonov, who allegedly joined "Islamic State" (IS) in Iraq, according to a statement from the Tajik Interior Ministry in April.

Aslonov and his wife are suspected of bringing the children to Iraq via Dushanbe and Moscow.

In April, Tajik authorities brought home four Tajik children -- Maryam Shoyeva and Aisha's siblings (not related to Maryam) -- from Iraq.

All five children -- Aslonov's four children plus Maryam -- apparently are from Tajik families who left their country to join IS in Iraq and Syria.

The parents in question, all of whom were insurgents or married to insurgents, either died or disappeared after reaching the Middle East.

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