"We also encourage the government of Iraq to ensure the successful reintegration of children of alleged members of ISIS [Daesh] and children of former captives", Cohen said on Tuesday. "Many of these children are indeed victims, and we call on Iraq to offer them the same benefits afforded to refugees and IDPs [internally displaced persons]".
Cohen echoed United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Director Henrietta Fore’s call when she appealed to the UN Member States earlier on Tuesday, to fulfil their responsibility under international treaties and protect the children of foreign fighters stranded in Syria and Iraq.
Iraq has long suffered from the activities of various terrorist groups.
In 2014, vast territories of the state were occupied by Daesh. At the end of 2017, then Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared an end to the country's fight against the terror group as Iraq's troops re-established complete control over the country's border with Syria.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist organisation outlawed in Russia and many other countries.