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French extremists from Syria expelled by Turkey along with their 9 children

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 23, 2013 allegedly shows a member of Ussud Al-Anbar (Anbar Lions), a Jihadist group affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq, holding up the trademark black and white Islamist flag at an undisclosed location in Iraq's Anbar province. Attacks in Iraq killed 14 people including six soldiers on August 25, Iraqi officials said, amid a surge in violence authorities have so far failed to stem despite wide-ranging operations targeting militants. Arabic writing on the flag reads: "There is not God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God." AFP PHOTO

Three French extremists and their nine children returned to France on Tuesday after being expelled by Turkey, AFP reported, citing a legal source, a day after France took back 12 orphaned children of French extremists from camps in northern Syria.

The three adults, a 35-year-old man and two women, one aged 36, were taken into custody by the French authorities, and the children were placed under the protection of the state.

Reuters reported, citing a judicial source, that the three adults and nine children are a family — a man, his two wives and their nine children — adding that they had been initially arrested in Turkey after traveling to that country from Syria.

Al-Arabiya reported that earlier this week 12 French and two Dutch orphans of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists were repatriated to France from Syria.

Authorities in northeast Syria have been urging Western countries to take back citizens who joined ISIL and their relatives after the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the group’s last enclave this year.

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