“Regardless of what their family members may be accused of, they have a right to protection and assistance,” the Norwegian Refugee Council said in a statement. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Most of the families had fled to Tal Afar, in Ninevah province, after Iraqi troops pushed Daesh out of Mosul. Iraqi forces retook Tal Afar, a city of predominantly ethnic Turkmen that produced some of Daesh's senior commanders, last month.It is the largest group of foreigners linked to Daesh to be held by Iraqi forces since they began driving the militants from Mosul and other areas in northern Iraq last year, an aid official said. Thousands of foreigners have been fighting for Daesh in Iraq and Syria.Aid officials are asking the Iraqi authorities for unfettered access to the families and calling on foreign governments to act quickly on behalf of their citizens.Iraqi forces in late August ousted Daesh from Tal Afar, near Iraqi Kurdistan, after facing fierce resistance in the town of Al-Ayadieh.
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