The Associated Press reported on Sept. 10 that it had learned from an Iraqi military source that a Japanese woman is among some 1,300 foreign family members of Islamic State fighters being held at a refugee camp in northern Iraq.
A correspondent of a state-run Egyptian news agency who reported on the camp on Sept. 7 told the AP that there was a woman who said she is “Japanese and the wife of an IS member.” A correspondent of a Kurdish TV station in Iraq also found a woman who appeared to be Japanese among foreign family members of IS fighters being transferred to the camp at the end of August. The TV correspondent said that when he asked the woman, “Are you Japanese?” in English, she said, “Yes.”
According to AP, the family members surrendered to Kurdish forces when the Iraqi military recaptured Tal Afar in northern Iraq in late August.
The Japanese Embassy in Iraq stated on Sept. 11 that it had “no reliable information about any Japanese being detained in the camp.” (Slightly abridged)