'39 Indians abducted in Iraq could be in jail near Mosul'

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

Swaraj said, "The day Iraq PM declared Mosul is liberated from ISIS, I asked VK Singh ji to go to Erbil".

She said that the Indians, who were abducted by the terrorist organisation ISIS might be somewhere lodged in the jails of Budush, northwest Mosul.

During the recent operation to recapture Iraq's northern city of Mosul, thousands of Daesh terrorists were killed and many others fled the region to Syria and elsewhere, the envoy noted, saying the Iraqi security forces are determined to go after the militants. "Sources in Iraq told him that the missing Indians are most probably in a jail in Badush where fighting is still going on", Ms. Swaraj told the families.

"Only after the area is cleared in Badush can we get more information about their location and their well being", she said, adding that she personally gave that information to the families of the missing Indians.

The Iraqi operation to recapture Mosul, the key stronghold of ISIL terrorist group, banned in Russian Federation and many other countries, began on October 2016.

In her briefing, Ms. Swaraj said an authoritative official had informed General Singh that the Indians were deployed on a hospital construction site and then shifted to a farm. "In the meeting last month, the minister told us that the men were in a church and once Mosul was freed from IS militants, they would be rescued and brought back". Besides Ms. Swaraj, General Singh, another Minister of State M.J. Akbar and senior Ministry officials were present.

"I announce from here the end and the failure and the collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism which the terrorist ISIS announced from Mosul", Abadi said in a speech shown on state television.

IS captured Mosul in 2014 as it took large areas of territory from government forces in Iraq and Syria.

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