US-backed SDF returns Kazakh IS fighters

BEIRUT (AP) — The main U.S.-backed group in Syria says it has handed over IS fighters and civilians from Kazakhstan to their country.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement Monday that those handed over to authorities in their country are five fighters, 11 women and 30 children.

The SDF said they were repatriated on Saturday adding that it came after discussions with security authorities in Kazakhstan.

The SDF, that is a main force fighting extremists in Syria, has apprehended more than 700 non-Syrian IS fighters in addition to their families over the past years.

The group is now trying to remove extremists from the last area the control in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq.

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