A court in Iraq has sentenced 16 women from Turkey to death for joining militant group ISIS. Iraq is conducting the trials of hundreds of foreign women who have been detained, with hundreds of their children, since August by Iraqi forces as Islamic State strongholds crumbled.
Officials said that so far 1700 women have been caught for providing aid to IS. According to the Judge of the Central Criminal Court, Abdul-Sattar al-Birkar, the declaration was made when it was proved that women are associated with ISIS terrorists or they got married to terrorists with their own will and helped them in the deadly attacks.
To remind you, thousands of foreigners have fought on behalf of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since at least 2014. Many foreign women came – or were brought – from overseas to join the ISIS militants in their horrific missions. More than 1,300 women and children surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga in August, after government forces expelled the jihadist group. About 1,700 as more foreign nationals surrendered or were captured so far during operations.
Death penalty for joining IS
A Turkish woman was sentenced to death last week by the court and 10 others of various nationalities to life in prison, all for alleged Islamic State membership.
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 last year for joining the ISIS militant group.