Sixteen Turkish women were sentenced on Sunday to death for joining ISIS. Last week, another Turkish woman was sentenced to death and 10 others of different nationalities were sentenced to life in prison for alleged ISIS membership.
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On Sunday, an Iraqi court sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for involvement with ISIS, a judiciary spokesperson has announced. Several hundreds of women have been and continue to be tried by the Iraqi judicial system for joining the terrorist group.
Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council, said that the Iraqi Central Criminal Court sentenced the Turkish citizens to death after they confessed to marrying ISIS members, providing the terrorists with logistical aid or helping them carry out terrorist attacks. Verdicts may be subject to appeals.
Since August, Iraq has detained and tried hundreds of women who are linked to the terrorist group. In December, Iraq claimed it defeated ISIS, which had seized about a third of the country.
According to officials, over 1,300 women and children surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga military forces last August, following the Iraqi government’s expulsion of ISIS from the northern Iraqi city Tal Afar. The number of women and children has since grown to 1,700 as more foreign nationals surrendered or were captured during operations to uncover terrorists.
Iraq has additionally transferred to Russia four women and 27 children who are suspected of having ties to ISIS. The suspects claimed to have been tricked into joining ISIS terrorists. Last week, another Turkish woman was sentenced to death and 10 others of different nationalities were sentenced to life in prison for alleged ISIS membership.