Iraqi security forces on Thursday received 150 Islamic State (IS) militants captured by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in neighbouring Syria, a tribal leader, Qateri al-Obaidi, told Xinhua.
al-Obaidi is from the government-backed paramilitary tribal fighters of Anbar province.
“The SDF handed over a total of 150 IS militants to al-Jazira Operations Command in Iraq’s western province of Anbar after arresting them during the battles of liberating the last IS stronghold in Baghouz area in eastern Syria.
“Most of the IS militants received by the Iraqi forces were criminals wanted by Iraqi authorities for committing killings and torture against Iraqi civilians as well as fighting against Iraqi security forces.
“The handover process between Iraqi forces and SDF was carried out through cooperation between the Iraqi army and the Iraqi intelligence service,’’ al-Obaidi added.
Separately, an Iraqi army brigade general, who spoke anonymously to Xinhua, said that among the 150 detainees received from SDF were women and children.
He noted that they will be handed over to concerned authorities for further scrutiny.
Earlier in the month, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that about 200 IS militants surrendered to the SDF as part of an undeclared deal in the eastern Euphrates.
Later, media reports said that the U.S.-backed SDF detained over 900 foreign fighters during their campaign against the IS in northeastern Syria.
It has also captured the town of Baghouz, which was the last IS-held area in the eastern Euphrates River region in Deir al-Zour province.