THE Foreign Office is to extract “a handful” of orphaned or abandoned kids of British IS jihadis in Syria.
Government lawyers have made them wards of court to reduce fears that they may grow up as terrorists and target the UK in future attacks.
They will be brought up in care, with the High Court having “supreme legal guardianship” over them.
It is understood that fewer than five youngsters whose British parents are either dead or have fled have been identified and located ready to be brought back.
After the fall of the IS regime in Iraq and Syria, more than 14,000 jihadi brides and children from 60 countries were interned in camps by the Kurds.
PM Boris Johnson has said he has “great sympathy” for the abandoned kids. It is understood they will be put into care on their return, but that could take months.
Three orphans were brought back to Britain in November in an extraction mission by FCO officials protected by special forces.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had called it “the right thing to do”.
THE SUN SAYS
NO once-British terrorist should set foot here again. Likewise their wives or widows.
Take Shamima Begum, the vile extremist who sided with the murderous IS cult against us and even now only regrets that they were defeated.
She made a conscious choice and only grew harder. The Government must continue fighting to keep her out.
But that does not hold true for the terrorists’ orphans and abandoned children, languishing in Syrian camps.
No one can know if they too would grow up to be West-hating fanatics. But there is no better place than where they are to be brainwashed into such a life.
So we should take these kids back, on security and moral grounds, and put them in our care. The Foreign Secretary is right to arrange for some to return.
They did not choose where they were born, nor to whom. They are innocent and we should look after them.
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