Germans with a second nationality who fight abroad for groups like IS to lose their citizenship

Published By ITCT News Desk On : April 6, 2019
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Germany: Germans with a second nationality who fight abroad for groups like Islamic State will lose their citizenship, it was reported by Reuters on Wednesday.

The measure, which needs parliamentary approval, would exclude minors, cover only future cases, and not apply to single nationality Germans who could otherwise be left stateless.

“This will send a signal to IS supporters, to those thinking of traveling to IS areas,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters.

More than 1,000 Germans have left their country for Middle East war zones since 2013 and the government has been debating how to deal with them as U.S.-backed forces took IS’s last patch of territory in Syria and rounded up prisoners.

About a third have returned to Germany, another third are believed to have died, and the rest are thought to be still in Iraq and Syria, including those detained by Iraqi forces and U.S.-backed fighters in Syria, according to German intelligence officials.

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