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Once a Terrorist, Always a Terrorist? How to Respond to the Women of Daesh

Main Image Credit A woman on trial in Nuremberg, Germany is pictured with her lawyer in July 2017. The woman is alleged to have exposed her children to danger, having traveled with them to Syria to join Daesh. Courtesy of Daniel Karmann/DPA/PA Images

The mass repatriation of women who had joined Daesh in Iraq and Syria poses difficult logistical, as well as moral, considerations for the UK. Rather than relying on gendered assumptions about their motives and participation, the response must be in line with the UK’s human rights commitments and focus on sustainable outcomes.

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