Children play with a car wreckage at the landfill near the Syrian city of Al-Bab, Syria, September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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The mass retreat of Daesh (ISIS) from its territories in Syria and Iraq has left Europe grappling with the risk of foreign fighters returning home. But in Belgium, authorities are also turning their attention to repatriating children stranded in the war zones.With an estimated 500 citizens who have reached or attempted to reach the conflict zones, Belgium has the highest number of militants per capita in the EU.The government has said there are at least 100 Belgian children under 12 years currently in Syria, who were either born there or were taken to the country with an adult.Justice Minister Koen Geens said the children are usually brought home via Turkey under the protection of Belgian police officers.Under Belgian law, a judge must review cases of children who are at least 12 and have committed an offense in war zones, but this has not yet happened in the region.
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