Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iraq sentences German woman to death for joining Isis, reports say

Iraq sentences German woman to death for joining Isis, reports say

An Iraqi court Sunday sentenced a female German citizen to death for joining Islamic State (IS) militants group, a judicial spokesman said.

"The central criminal court has studied the case of a German citizen charged with terrorism and ruled the execution by hanging", the statement read.

The woman was captured past year during the operation by Iraqi forces to recapture Mosul from the militant group.

About 30,000 troops from the Iraqi Armed Forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shia militias participated in the Mosul liberation operation, begun in October 2016.

She is still in captivity in Iraq, possibly awaiting the same fate for her role in enforcing strict Sharia law against women in the territory seized by IS. Both daughters later married militants.

From 2015, there was a noticeable rise in the number of foreign women and children travelling to Iraq and Syria to join Isis, according to research by the Soufran Group.

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

Baghdad declared victory over Daesh in December, after expelling the militants from second city Mosul in a gruelling months-long offensive.

Thousands of foreigners have been fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

About a third of them returned to the country, 70 of whom are considered combatants, while 145 were killed.

In September 2017, an Iraqi court sentenced to death by hanging a Russian man after finding him guilty of fighting for ISIS.

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