France: Nine children and two jihadist women back in France

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Jennifer Clain

Two French jihadist women and nine children accompanying them landed Tuesday morning at Roissy airport, near Paris, on their way back from Turkey where they had been arrested, AFP learned from consistent sources.
One of the two mothers suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group could be Jennifer Clain, the niece of the brothers Fabien and Jean-Michel Clain, who claimed on behalf of ISIS the attacks of 13 November 2015 in France, said these sources, confirming information from radio France Inter.
For “filiation, it remains to carry out checks but it is the orientation”, said a source close to the file.
The nine children, aged between 3 and 13 years old, were placed in the care of the Children’s Welfare Department by the courts, according to a close source.
Jennifer Clain was arrested by the Turkish authorities with two other women in July in Kilis province, bordering Syria.
She is married to Kevin Gonot, a Frenchman sentenced to death in Iraq on May 26 for belonging to ISIS.
Fabien and Jean-Michel Clain, veterans of French jihadism who were at the heart of the propaganda apparatus of the Islamic State group, have been given for dead since February, victims according to several sources of a coalition strike.
Since their departure from France – the youngest had joined Syria before the eldest, who will go there at the beginning of 2015 – the two men remained unaccounted for. The authorities remained convinced that they were still in the country.
This operation, separate from the case-by-case repatriations of children from Syrian Kurdistan, is part of Turkey’s regular expulsions of jihadists.