Iraqi court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining ISIS

Iraqi court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining ISIS

Iraqi court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining ISIS

Thousands of foreign women joined ISIS after the group tore through northern Iraq in 2014 and seized almost a third of the country's territory.

The women, aged between 20 - 50, were sentenced in a mass trial at a criminal court in Baghdad on Sunday. Many foreign women came - or were brought - from overseas to join the militants. Daesh is the acronym for the Arabic name of the terrorist group. "Four had young children with them", it adds.

Several women who surrendered to Iraqi forces alongside defeated ISIS fighters have already been sentenced to death or life in prison, according to Human Rights Watch.

One told the judge that she had fought Iraqi troops alongside the militants, an official said.

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Iraq has detained at least 560 women and 600 children identified as militants or relatives of ISIS militants.

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 past year for joining the ISIS militant group.

In December, the Iraqi authorities declared a full victory over the group, which captured almost one-third of the country's territory in 2014.

Human Rights Watch has raised concerns about the judicial process and branded the trials unfair.

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Defense lawyers also argued militant husbands either tricked or forced their wives into traveling to Iraq and Syria.

A court in Iraq has sentenced more than a dozen Turkish women to death over membership in the ISIS Takfiri terrorist group and involvement in acts of terror across the conflict-ridden Arab country.

Iraq's anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped IS even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks. "The Iraqi courts need to redirect their priorities".

The group has been driven out of all population centres it once controlled on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border, but members have continued to carry out bombings and other attacks in Iraq.

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