foreign terrorist fighters


"About  1,150 individuals left Germany and traveled to the Middle East to join ISIS and other terrorist groups.  Germany has conducted various repatriation operations bringing back ISIS-affiliated women and minors though many male fighters remain in Syria and Iraq. According to a recent report published by the Counter Extremism Project, at least 7 women and 22 children remain in the Al-Roj camp, with 2 German women also present in the Al-Howl camp in Northeast Syria.
The Bulan Institute interviewed Ms. Sofia Koller, a Senior Research Analyst at the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) in Germany. She conducted extensive research on the state approaches in EU countries toward former fighters and their family members."

October 31, 2022
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CEP Webinar: Back from Raqqa – The Prosecution of Returnees in Germany and France | Alexandra Lily Kather

CEP Webinar: Back from Raqqa – The Prosecution of Returnees in Germany and France | Oct. 17, 2022

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) was delighted to host this webinar, where Sofia Koller, senior research analyst at CEP Germany, presented her policy paper on the prosecution of female returnees in Germany—the first in a series of CEP publications analyzing the prosecution, rehabilitation, and reintegration of returnees in different European countries. 

This research paper serves as the starting point of a discussion on the approach to prosecution of returnees in Germany and France, the role of international criminal law, as well as broader challenges of human rights-based processes of risk and needs assessment, rehabilitation, and reintegration of ISIS-affiliated men, women, and minors.

Sofia Koller
Senior Research Analyst, Counter Extremism Project (CEP)

Alexandra Lily Kather
Legal Advisor, The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA)

Anne-Clémentine Larroque
Historical Analyst, Anti-Terrorist Investigation Unit, Judicial Court of Paris


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