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The US is repatriating 11 citizens from notorious camps for relatives of Islamic State militants in Syria

BEIRUT – The United States has repatriated 11 of its citizens from sprawling camps in northeastern Syria that are home to tens of thousands of relatives of suspected Islamic State militants, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.

The repatriation was the largest Washington has carried out from the camps to date, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. Five of the 11 citizens returned were children, and one child who was not a U.S. citizen – the nine-year-old brother or sister of one of the other children – was also taken.