European countries are currently wrestling with the idea of whether to repatriate citizens captured in Syria and Iraq fighting for IS, who are considered a security risk.
Ewold Horn had been held hostage by Islamic State-linked militants in the Philippines since 2012.
Police said the operation was part of the fight against so-called Islamic State's (ISIS) new strategy of returning its fighters to their home countries, following the loss of its territory in Iraq and Syria.
Christianity in Iraq 'will never die' insists Archbishop of Mosul
Investigations have confirmed there were nine suicide bombers and that eight have been identified, police said.
Kosovo has brought back 110 citizens from Syria, including jihadists who fought in the civil war and 74 children.
Two Belgian women said they were losing hope of ever going back home after a Belgian court overturned the ruling to repatriate them and their six children.
What was once proclaimed as a caliphate is now just a tiny enclave and these soldiers from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces believe they are now on the verge of a final victory.
"We expect it to be over soon," said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Syrian Kurdish fighters released footage of hundreds of men, women and children being evacuated on Monday night from the last stronghold of the Islamic State group in Syria.
A divide is opening in the British Bangladeshi community in East London, where Shamima Begum spent her formative years, over whether the teen who ran away to join to self-styled Islamic State should return home
Muthana, a 24-year-old Alabama woman, made a desperate plea to U.S. officials earlier this week to be allowed to return home.
British authorities have revoked the UK citizenship of 19-year-old Shamima Begum, who abandoned Britain in 2015 so she could join Islamic State
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A British teenager who fled the UK to marry a member of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria should be allowed to return, said the father of another schoolgirl who accompanied her four years ago.
So-called Islamic State said they carried out both attacks, supposedly their first in the country.
The journalist was last seen in a propaganda video at the end of 2016
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The Houthi threat has not been given due attention in Western capitals. They are not proscribed as a terrorist group by the US State Department, NATO, or the EU. This means it is perfectly legal to support, or even fundraise for them.
Teenager says she encountered her ISIL captor, who kept her as a sex slave, in Germany
We met the people who survived the 9-month battle of Mosul, but also the three hard years of ISIS' occupation. Each of the people you will find on this page has been seriously injured and gone through trauma. Like them, there are another 54,000 in Mosul alone.
Its claim runs counter to a statement by the Tajik government which accused a banned Islamist opposition party of being behind the attack.
The bridge - known as the 'old bridge' or 'iron bridge' - is an essential artery linking the two sides of the Tigris river in central Mosul
Mass graves discovered near Hawija, recently taken from ISIL, are believed to contain around 400 bodies.
The report blames the Assad regime for a chemical strike that killed dozens in an opposition-held town