BAGHDAD (AP) — Russia resettled 30 children of jailed and deceased Islamic State (IS) members from Iraq, last Sunday, in a minor breakthrough to the deadlock over what to do with the foreign families to IS militants.
Maksim Maksimov, the Russian Ambassador to Iraq, said the children were Russian. Their mothers are incarcerated at a Baghdad prison, according to the office of Russia’s ombudsman for children’s rights, Anna Kuznetsova.
The children, some appearing as young as three or four years old, were led through Baghdad’s international airport to a Russian state plane to take them to Moscow. Many of the girls wore headscarves and conservative garb.
A few appeared anxious and afraid; others looked with wonder around the airport and appeared excited to fly. None of the children appeared to have reached their teenage years.
Kuznetsova, wearing rubber gloves and a disposable surgical gown, chaperoned them to the plane.