Were more than 20,000 children were born to ISIS foreign volunteers?

by Seth Frantzman 4 May 2019

A new article at Foreign Policy provides alarming data from the Al-Hol camp where many ISIS members ended up after defeat in Syria earlier in 2019. This includes the assertion that 65% are under age 12. The UN reported this number in late May.

“More than 20,000 residents are under the age of 5, meaning they were born after the Islamic State swept across Syria and Iraq in 2014 to create the caliphate.”

That is a large number. Many of these are foreign members of ISIS.

It is thought that up to 50,000 foreigners joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The numbers that surrendered included thousands. Including at least 800 from Europe. Initially the number was around 3,200 in 2018 but this swelled.

The Al Hol camp in northern Syria holds more than 72,000 people from various countries.

In February a report noted “citizens from 41 countries have been detained.”

We don’t know if the 20,000 children are all from foreign members, but it appears many could be. Some of these are Iraqis found in Syria.

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