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IS wife and her children must be repatriated, rules German court

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Al-Hol camp in north-eastern Syria is home to thousands of IS family members

A Berlin court has ruled that the government must repatriate the German, of a suspected Islamic State (IS) group fighter and her three children.

The court said the children would suffer if they remained in the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria

The case came about because the woman's family sued the foreign ministry after officials had refused to return to Germany.

Until now Germany had

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In this case, the court explained that "inaction" meant the three children would be faced with "serious, unreasonable and unavoidable disadvantages". 1

9 659007] The children are eight, seven and two years old, reports the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. The mother is from the federal state of Lower Saxony.

The BBC's Damian McGuinness in Berlin says this case is one of a number brought by the families of IS members against the German government

Dozens of German wives of suspected IS fighters and at least 100 children remain in Syrian refuge camps, our correspondent says, living in terrible conditions

Men who return to Germany after joining IS are almost always subject to criminal investigation.

However, this changed in December 2017, when it was announced that men and women suspected of joining IS abroad would not be treated differently.

Who are Islamic State?

The extremist Islamist group came to international prominence in 2014 when it seized large parts of Syria and Iraq.

IS imposed its brutal rule on almost eight million people, carried out countless atrocities, destroyed cultural heritage, and generated billions of dollars in revenue from oil, extortion, robbery and kidnapping.

  • The rise and fall of the Islamic State group

After five years of fierce and bloody battles, local forces, backed by world powers, have driven Is it all out of the territory it once controlled.

But the group is by no means defeated. Experts say it will return to its insurgent roots while rebuilding and remains a global threat.

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