Iraq sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining Isis

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A court in Iraq sentenced 16 Turkish women to death on Sunday after they were found guilty of belonging to the "Islamic State" (IS) terror group.

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.

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 previous year for joining the hardline group.

The source added that another Turkish woman was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Iraq has detained 560 women and 600 children over alleged links to IS, and has moved quickly to put them on trial. Daesh is the acronym for the Arabic name of the terrorist group. Some had young children with them.

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

One woman said she had taken part in battles against Iraqi coalition forces as they advanced on Isis' Iraqi stronghold of Mosul past year. The French news agency also contended that 16 of them had been recently sentenced to death by an Iraqi court.

Baghdad declared military victory over ISIS in December, after having expelled the jihadists from all urban centers they had held in northern and western Iraq since 2014.

Several rights groups have condemned Iraq's treatment of suspected militants, pointing to inhumane prison conditions and a judicial process which does adhere to worldwide standards.

The women told the court that they had entered Iraq illegally to be with their husbands who had left to join IS, which at the time was gaining significant ground in Iraq and Syria. It suggests that the Iraqi authorities "should develop a national strategy to prioritize the prosecution of those who committed the most serious crimes".

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