French jihadists have reportedly complained of their uncomfortable life as Islamic State (Isis) recruits and expressed their desire to return home in a number of letters seen by Le Figaro newspaper.
In one of the letters, a French jihadist writes, as reported by The Telegraph, "I've basically done nothing except hand out clothes and food. I also help clean weapons and transport dead bodies from the front. Winter's arrived here. It's begun to get really hard."
While some expressed their concerns over the nationalities of their babies born in Syria, others feared for their life after a Frenchman was reportedly beheaded for wanting to return home.
"They want to send me to the front, but I don't know how to fight," wrote one jihadist.
Some were simply longing for their modern life comforts with one jihadist writing, "I'm fed up. My iPod doesn't work any more here. I have to come back," and another complaining, "I'm fed up. They make me do the washing up."
A group of lawyers in France are advocating for the French jihadists to be allowed to return home on behalf of their families.
Speaking to Le Figaro, one lawyer said: "Everyone knows that the longer these people stay there, the worse it will be because having watched or committed atrocities, they become ticking time bombs.
"But, when it comes to having a discussion about whether France is ready to accept repentants, no politician is willing to take the risk. Imagine if one of these ex-jihadis is involved subsequently in an attack?"
Despite the lawyers' persistent efforts in trying to contact anti-terrorist police, directors of internal security and the office of the interior minister, they are always given the same response, "Present yourself at the French consulate in Istanbul or Erbil (in Iraq). And then we will see."
Out of a total of 100 French jihadists who have returned home, 76 are reportedly imprisoned.
Quite recently, news surfaced of an Indian jihadist who returned to Mumbai after six months of serving under IS and predominately spending that time cleaning toilets.
"There was neither a holy war nor any of the preachings in the holy book were followed. [Islamic State] fighters raped many women there," said Areeb Majeed, 23, from Kalyan, Mumbai.