Three jihadist women and nine children back in France

Three jihadist women and nine children back in France


One of these three women, arrested in Turkey in July, is the niece of the Clain brothers, who claimed on behalf of the IS the attacks of 13 November 2015.

Three jihadist women and nine children accompanying them landed on Tuesday morning, September 24 at Roissy airport, back from Turkey where they had been arrested, Agence France-Presse reported from concordant sources, confirming information from France Inter.

One of the three French women suspected of belonging to the Islamic State organization is Jennifer Clain, the niece of brothers Fabien and Jean-Michel Clain, who claimed on behalf of the IS the attacks of November 13, 2015.

  • Women in detention

Jennifer Clain was arrested by the Turkish authorities with two other women in July in Kilis province, bordering Syria. She is married to Kévin Gonot, a French man sentenced to death in Iraq on May 26 by the Baghdad antiterrorist court for belonging to the IS.

The other two women are the wife of Thomas Collange, the half-brother of Kevin Gonot, and the father of the same Kévin Gonot, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Targeted by arrest warrants, they were placed in detention before being presented to an examining magistrate for possible indictment.

The nine children, aged from 3 to 13 years, have been entrusted by the justice to the child welfare (ASE) of Seine-Saint-Denis, which depends on Roissy airport by which are the majority returns.

Expulsions of jihadists by Turkey

Fabien and Jean-Michel Clain, veterans of French jihadism who were at the heart of IS propaganda, are given dead since February, when the international coalition against IS announced their death in a strike, without providing details. Since their departure from France – the youngest had joined Syria before the eldest, who will go there in early 2015 – the two men remained untraceable, the authorities thinking they were still in the country.

Tuesday’s operation is separate from case-by-case repatriations of children from Syrian Kurdistan; it is part of the regular expulsions of jihadists by Turkey.

In the early years of the Syrian conflict, which began on March 2011, Turkey was the main point of passage to Syria for foreigners, especially Westerners, wishing to join jihadist groups. Long accused by its allies of turning a blind eye to these passages, Ankara, following attacks on its soil, closed its border with Syria, increased the arrests and expulsions of suspected foreign jihadists, and joined the international anti-war coalition. EI.

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