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More Kyrgyz nationals go to Syria and Iraq to join IS with children — official

September 08, 2015, 13:41 UTC+3 BISHKEK

More women from Kyrzystan are joining the Islamic State as well

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BISHKEK, September 8. /TASS/. The number of cases of Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization supporters from Kyrgyzstan going to Syria and Iraq together with their children has grown, Kyrgyz Interior Ministry’s special department deputy head Raim Salimov said on Tuesday.

"We currently have information that 83 children from our republic are in Syria and Iraq, and their parents are taking part in the armed conflict on the side of militants," Salimov said.

He noted that more women from Kyrzystan are joining the Islamic State as well. "As of today, 122 women from our republic are taking part in the conflict in Syria and Iraq," he said. According to preliminary reports, more than 400 Kyrgyz nationals have gone to Iraq and Syria to join IS.

Official reports say around 1,800 supporters of extremist organizations are currently on the watch list in Kyrgyzstan. Around one fourth of them are women.

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