Swedes who joined IS now hope to return home

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People who've traveled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State and now want to return to Sweden cannot count on any consular help. That's according to Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, in an interview with TV4 on Monday.

But people who return on their own to Sweden from these areas and have Swedish citizenship do have the right to enter the country, stated the Prime Minister.

He stressed, however, the importance of the Swedish Security Service and police keeping these people under close supervision, and prosecuting any crimes where possible.

Swedish Radio's Middle East correspondent Cecilia Uddén visited a Kurdish-run prison in northern Syria, and spoke to some of the captives - Swedes and other foreign citizens - about their time living in IS-controlled areas.

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