Reader’s Links, June 15, 2018

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  1. European Islamic State fighters traded back to militant group: Report (mee, Jun 15, 2018)
    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/european-islamic-state-fighters-traded-back-militant-group-report-733187031

    “Western-backed forces in Syria have released Europeans captured while allegedly fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group back to the militants in secret deals, according to a British newspaper report on Friday.

    The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – a Kurdish-Arab alliance supported by the US – have returned fighters, including French and German citizens, in several exchanges so far this year, the Daily Telegraph reported.

    In return, IS has returned an equal number of Kurdish prisoners.

    The SDF has captured numerous foreign IS members in recent months in Syria, particularly since it took the northern city of Raqqa from the militants late last year.

    Still, it has complained that Western countries are refusing to take responsibility for the militants, and that it does not have the capacity to hold them indefinitely.

    Earlier this year, Gabriel Kino, an SDF spokesman, told MEE that they have sent letters to many Western countries to convince them to take action.

    “The SDF so far has captured thousands of IS militants, both Syrian or foreign fighters that joined IS during the last few years,” he said, speaking from an SDF base in Ain al-Issa.

    “We are conducting investigations and trying to get as much information as possible from them to use in the war against IS, which is still ongoing [in Deir Ezzor]”.

    Still, they have no clear view what they are going to do with them.

    “We send letters to ask foreign governments to take these foreign fighters back and put them on trial, but so far we have not received any responses,” Kino said.

    The Kurdish coalition struck three agreements with IS to exchange militants and their families with its own captured fighters, the Telegraph said, citing people with knowledge of the negotiations and relatives of those detained.

    The first trade was made in February, involving about 200 mostly Chechen and Arab fighters, but also a number of French and at least one German, it added.

    They were sent by bus from SDF-run detention centres to areas still held by IS in eastern Syria…”

  2. Spain brings back free healthcare for illegal migrants (memo, Jun 15, 2018)
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180615-spain-brings-back-free-healthcare-for-illegal-migrants/

    “Spain’s new socialist government promised on Friday it would restore free healthcare for undocumented migrants, a right removed by the former administration as part of cost-cutting.

    The move is the latest migrant-friendly initiative by the government of Pedro Sanchez, who offered on Monday to take in a rescue ship that was drifting in the Mediterranean sea with 629 migrants on board. Italy and Malta had refused to let it dock…”

    • Spain wants to remove razor wire in Ceuta and Melilla (ansamed,Jun 15, 2018)
      http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/morocco/2018/06/15/spain-wants-to-remove-razor-wire-in-ceuta-and-melilla_0a0f10bb-9722-4bb6-a81a-42ddd30ae7b7.html

      “The new Spanish government led by Pedro Sanchez will do “everything possible” to remove the barbed wire that sits on top of the border fence around the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco, Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said Friday.

      The former judge said he has ordered an investigation into the use of barbed and razor wire on the six-metre-high border fence with the aim of identifying “less bloody systems”.

      “It’s one of my main priorities,” he is quoted by media outlets as saying. “We can act before, at the point of origin, but we cannot let it get to that point,” Grande-Marlaska said.

      “It is not reasonable or acceptable to see people jumping over the fence.” The Spanish Red Cross says 25 migrants have been treated for barbed wire cuts already this year, with 10 needing hospital treatment.

      A 30-year-old Senegalese man reportedly died after a barbed wire fence in Ceuta pierced an artery in his neck.

      The razor wire fence was installed in 2013 by the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy.

      The decision was judged “inhumane” by the opposition, humanitarian organisations and Spanish bishops.”

  3. Another suicide: Bangladeshi man throws himself to death at Khana-e-Kaaba (tribune, Jun 15, 2018)
    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1735999/9-another-suicide-bangladeshi-man-throws-death-khana-e-kaaba/

    “Days after a Frenchman committed suicide by jumping off the rooftop of Makkah’s Grand Mosque, a Bangladeshi man has repeated the same episode as he threw himself to death from the first floor of the holy mosque.

    A Sudanese man received serious fractures and injuries after the Bangladesh national fell on him in the Kaaba circumambulation area where worshippers were praying on Wednesday, The Gulf News reported.

    The injured was taken to the nearby Ajyad Hospital then to Noor Hospital for treatment, according to the local media on Friday.

    The CCTV footage later confirmed the deceased’s intention of committing suicide as he could be seen jumping over the fence on the first floor in the video.

    Last week, a French national died on Friday after reportedly throwing himself to the ground from the roof of the holy mosque…”

  4. Man charged with murder of Australian in Gothenburg (thelocal, Jun 15, 2018)
    https://www.thelocal.se/20180615/man-charged-with-murder-of-australian-in-gothenburg

    “A man has been charged for killing an Australian citizen in a stabbing in Gothenburg last winter.

    The Australian was found seriously injured early in the morning five days before Christmas at Odinsplatsen in central Gothenburg. He was taken to the hospital, but later died there from his injuries after being stabbed in the abdomen.

    The suspect, a 27-year-old Swedish national who was arrested in January, has now been charged with the Australian’s murder.

    “Everything suggests a random encounter between the victim and perpetrator,” prosecutor Niklas Högdén told the Göteborgs-posten. The victim, identified in Australian media as Kai Foley, had reportedly been on his way home from visiting a friend when he encountered the other man.

    The suspect has also been charged with unlawful threat for showing a knife and a gun, or possibly an object that resembled a gun, to another man elsewhere in Gothenburg later on the day of the stabbing.

    He denies the charges and says that he doesn’t remember the incident.

    According to an earlier report in Göteborgs-posten, the suspect was previously known to police in connection with offences including mugging and narcotics.”

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