Iraqi court sentences German woman to death over joining IS group

23 January, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Iraqi court sentences German woman to death over joining IS group

A court in Baghdad sentenced the woman to death by hanging for "providing logistical support and helping the terrorist group to carry out crimes", said court spokesman Abdel Settar Bayraqdar.

It is estimated that more than 27,000 foreign fighters, including 6000 Europeans, have travelled to Iraq and Syria since the start of the Arab Spring in 2011 but not all of them joined IS, according to data published by the Soufran Group.

The spokesman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar, said the woman, who is of Moroccan origin, admitted joining IS after travelling from Germany to Syria. Both daughters later married militants.

The German national was captured by Iraqi forces during the battle for Mosul previous year, the spokesman said, declining to identify her.

The unnamed woman, who has been sentenced to death by hanging, fled Germany with her two children who then married members of the brainwashed death cult.

The verdict can be appealed.

Hundreds of foreign fighters from Europe joined IS after the jihadist group seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014.

Iraqi forces expelled the jihadists from the Iraqi city in July 2017, ending three years of ISIS rule in the town.

At least two other German women are also in prison in Iraq, whose authorities have not officially said how many militants were taken prisoner during the battle against Daesh.

Baghdad declared victory against IS in December but the group has continued to carry out attacks including in the capital.



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