15 accused female ISIS members condemned to die by hanging

Majority have been either sentenced to life term imprisonment or given the death penalty.

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 ISIS strongholds crumbled.

All 15 said they had married Isis fighters or provided the militant organisation with "logistical aid or helping them carry out terrorist attacks", the judge's statement said.

Human Rights Watch has argued that the sentences are "unfair", with some activists arguing that numerous women were tricked or coerced into joining the terrorist groups.

All the verdicts are subject to appeal, al-Birqdar told Reuters. Some had young children with them.

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. Many foreign women came - or were brought - from overseas to join the ISIS militants in their horrific missions.


Human Rights Watch has criticised the courts for handing down death sentences for non-violent crimes, and claims that numerous women were tricked or coerced into joining the terrorist group. Further in December, Iraq claimed victory over the defeat of ISIS which had seized about a third of the country in Iraq.

Last week, a Turkish woman was sentenced to death for membership in the terrorist organization.

In June 2017, nearly three years to the day since Isis crossed over the border from Syria to seize Iraq's second city Mosul in a surprise attack, US-backed Iraqi coalition forces declared the Iraqi half of Isis' so-called caliphate destroyed.

Last week another Turkish national Isis widow was sentenced to death by hanging and 11 others were jailed for life for their part in "acts of terrorism" in the country.

Human-rights groups say harsh sentences have been handed down after unfair trials.

Separately, authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan said in early February they had detained some 4,000 suspected ISIS members, including foreigners.


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