The fate of foreign fighters and their families has become a significant problem for governments [Ahmed Mardnli/EPA]

Germany must repatriate from Syria the German wife and three children of an ISIL fighter, a court ordered on Thursday in the first such ruling against the government.

Like other Western countries, Germany faces a dilemma of how to deal with citizens who went to the Middle East to join armed groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), which was driven out of its last territorial enclave in March by US-backed forces.

The family sued Germany’s foreign ministry after diplomats declined a request to help the mother return to Germany with her three children from a Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria, a court spokesman

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