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Tribal laws determine fate of IS families in Iraq

The war has come to an end in Iraq’s western and northern areas, occupied by the Islamic State in 2014, but another battle has broken out between IS families and tribes whose members were killed by the group during its control of Ramadi and Mosul.
Families and relatives of Islamic State militants are see after they surrender themselves to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in al-Ayadiya, northwest of Tal Afar, Iraq August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Ari Jalal - RC1763B750C0

Although the displaced can now return to their homes in Ninevah, Anbar and Salahuddin provinces, tribes whose members were victims of the Islamic State (IS) are preventing IS-affiliated families, most of which are children and women, from returning.

On Feb. 5, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said it treats children of IS fighters as victims and is working to integrate families in two camps, one in Ninevah and another in Anbar. But this does not mean that the families will be allowed to return to their home areas, because victims' families and tribes still seek revenge.

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