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Syria Kurds say deal made for 31,000 displaced Iraqis to go home

AFP  |  Qamishli (Syria) 

Syria's on Thursday announced a deal with for 31,000 displaced Iraqis, mostly women and children, in camps in northeastern to return home to

Tens of thousands of people live in the camps, which swelled enormously during the months-long battle that culminated in the defeat of the last vestige of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" by a Kurdish-led alliance.

"A delegation from the Iraqi cabinet visited the autonomous administration to discuss the return to of displaced Iraqis, estimated to number 31,000, and an agreement was reached," Kurdish told AFP.

"So far 4,000 people have signed up and we are waiting for the to open up the Iraqi border to start," he said.

Kero said many of the displaced did not have Iraqi identity papers, including children born on Syrian soil.

"We have asked the to find a solution," he said.

An Iraqi said on Tuesday that was making preparations for the return of tens of thousands of citizens, most of them "women and children".

Those expected to return do not include suspected IS fighters being held in Kurdish-run jails, after surrendering or being caught fleeing the jihadists' last stand.

"We have asked for the return of all Iraqis including those accused of belonging to IS," Kero said.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces announced the defeat of the IS "caliphate" last month after tens of thousands of people streamed out of the last patch of jihadist territory in the eastern village of near the Iraqi border.

But the jihadists maintain a presence in Syria's vast as well as sleeper cells in populated areas, and have continued to claim deadly attacks in areas controlled by the SDF.

The jihadists swept across a swathe of and larger than Britain in 2014, declaring a "caliphate" in territory they held, but have since lost all of it to multiple offensives.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 18:05 IST