Indonesia won’t repatriate hundreds of Islamic State recruits

An Islamic State member in Syria. Indonesia will not bring home 700 of its citizens who have joined Islamic State in the Middle East. – EPA file pic, February 12, 2020.

INDONESIA said it will not bring home nearly 700 nationals who joined the Islamic State (IS) group in the Middle East over security fears, but added it would still consider repatriating young children.

The issue sharply divided the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation with its president saying this week that he was not in favour of bringing back suspected militants and their families who went to Syria and other countries to fight for the group’s now crumbled caliphate.

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