>> Islamic State's foreign fighters may be dead or on the run, but hundreds of their families are stuck in a camp in Northern Iraq as the authorities negotiate with their embassies to return them home. In a Reuters exclusive, reporters visited a camp south of Mosul where Iraqi authorities are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected IS fighters.
They heard Turkish, French, and Russian among the languages spoken. The families mostly arrived at the camp from August 30th. This footage captured on the day showed dozens of IS families surrendering to Kurdish Peshmerga forces near the northern city of Tal Afar. Many of their husbands were taken into custody.
Iraqi intelligence officers say they're in the process of verifying their nationalities with their home countries, since many of the women no longer have their original documents. It's the largest group of foreigners linked to Islamic State to be held by Iraqi forces since they started expelling the militants from Mosul and other areas in Northern Iraq last year.
The authorities are trying to find a safe place to house the families, they're not allowed to leave the camp. One French speaking woman of Chechnyan origin who had lived in Paris told Reuters she wants to get back to France but doesn't know how. Many of the women say they were tricked by their husbands to leave home.