ICCT in the Media: Teun van Dongen on IS prison attack and repatriation

On 28 January, Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Teun van Dongen was invited to an interview with Nieuwsuur to discuss the attack on an ISIS prison in northeast Syria. Teun indicated that ISIS trying to recapture its own fighters is no surprise and its direct goal is to impress the media while showing that the group remains strong. Teun also comments on the potential consequences for Europe, stating that there is a need for European countries to repatriate and prosecute prisoners in their country of origin in order to mitigate the harm.

You can listen to the full interview here (starts at 33:50).

Related Readings:

Mehra, T. The Repatriation of Five Women and their Children from Syria: A Turning Point in the Netherlands? Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 11 February 2022

Mehra, T. and Paulussen, C. The Repatriation of Foreign Fighters and Their Families: Options, Obligations, Morality and Long-Term Thinking. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 6 March 2019.

Mehra, T. and Wentworth, M. New Kid on the Block: Prosecution of ISIS Fighters by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 16 March 2021.

Paulussen, C., Cuyckens, H., and Fortin, K. The Prosecution of Foreign Fighters under International Humanitarian Law: Misconceptions and Opportunities. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 13 December 2019.