Turkish women sentenced to death in Iraq

Posted March 01, 2018

An Iraqi court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Daesh (ISIS), a judiciary spokesman said Sunday.

Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar said all the convicts could appeal against the verdict.

Another Turkish woman accused of joining the jihadist group was given a life sentence, the official said, adding they had all acknowledged the charges against them.

Iraq has detained 560 women and 600 children over alleged links to IS, and has moved quickly to put them on trial.

According to officials, over 1,300 women and children reportedly surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga military forces last August, following the Iraqi government's expulsion of ISIS from northern Iraqi city, Tal Afar.

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One woman said she had taken part in battles against Iraqi coalition forces as they advanced on Isis' Iraqi stronghold of Mosul past year.

A German woman was sentenced to death last month for belonging to the group and a Russian fighter was also sentenced to death in Iraq a year ago for joining the hardline group.

Thousands of foreigners fought in Syria and Iraq on the side of an "Islamic state" at least from 2014, reminds Reuters.

In June 2017, nearly three years to the day since Isis crossed over the border from Syria to seize Iraq's second city Mosul in a surprise attack, US-backed Iraqi coalition forces declared the Iraqi half of Isis' so-called caliphate destroyed.

"But keeping women and children who did nothing wrong beyond having a relative join ISIS out of work, out of school, and in fear of arrest every day will do nothing to foster reconciliation in Iraq".

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He added, "This also applies to foreign women of ISIS militants".

The jihadists have however continued to carry out suicide bombings, ambushes and other attacks across the country.

Last week, a Turkish woman was sentenced to death for membership in the terrorist organization.

Human-rights groups say harsh sentences have been handed down after unfair trials.

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