Iraq condemns German woman to death for belonging to IS

Cheryl Sanders
January 22, 2018

She was sentenced for providing logistical support and taking part in attacks on Iraqi security forces.

She can appeal the sentence, said Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council in Baghdad.

The German national of Moroccan descent was captured by Iraqi forces during the battle for Mosul past year.

Both daughters later married militants.

Iraq's military last month declared that the country had been "fully liberated" from Islamic State.

Iraqi forces detained a number of foreign women as they drove IS from the territory it once controlled in northern and central Iraq.

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.

Thousands of foreigners have been fighting for the group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

There are no official figures for arrests of militants during the battle against IS, but Iraqi commanders and Iraqi Kurdish fighters say hundreds gave themselves up.

In September 2017, the same court sentenced to death a Russian man captured in Mosul who was found guilty of fighting for Isis.

In December, a Swede of Iraqi origin was among 38 people executed after being convicted of "terrorism".

Despite Baghdad declaring victory over the militants, IS has continued to carry out attacks including in the capital.

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