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Published On: Thu, Feb 22nd, 2018

Iraq returned 27 children and 4 women linked to Islamic State to Russia

nsnbc : The Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub announced that 27 children and four women who belonged to the self-proclaimed Islamic State had been extradited to Russia.

Iraq border_archivesForeign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjoub spoke with reporters, saying “Iraq has extradited to Russia 27 children and four women who were tricked into joining Islamic State. … They were handed over after being interrogated. … They were proven not to have participated in terrorist operations against civilians or security troops. … However,” he said, “they will stand trial in Russia for entering Iraq illegally.”

Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesperson of the media office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was quoted on Wednesday by Al-Hurra TV channel as saying that Iraq will coordinate with the countries of detainees who had been proved innocent of crimes, including murders and bombings, in Iraq, to hand them over.

Melina Bougedir_Iraq_Baghdad_Feb 2018Hundreds of foreign wives and children of IS members, who were captured as security forces gradually seized back territories held by the militant group since 2014, are held by Iraqi authorities.

Earlier this week, Iraq’s judiciary ordered the extradition of a French woman who had been arrested, along with her four children, in Mosul. She was convicted of illegal entry to the country. She was handed a seven-year jail term and released upon ending her stretch.

Several females, including a German teenager are risking the death penalty in Iraq. Earlier in the day, the Iraqi court sentenced a Turkish woman to death and 10 others to life in jail for belonging to the self-proclaimed Islamic State a.k.a. IS, ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh.

Photo courtesy Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service, July 2017

German teen in Iraq. Photo courtesy Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Service, July 2017

In a statement earlier this week Abdul Satar Bayraqdar, the spokesperson for the High Judicial Council, said the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad “reviewed cases of a group of women who belonged to Islamic State. They were of different nationalities including Turkish and Azeri convicts.” The court, according to Bayraqdar, “sentenced ten women to life in jail over involvement in terrorism, while a Turkish woman was sentenced to death.”

Around 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State (IS) fighters have reportedly been held in Iraq since U.S.-backed forces recaptured the city of Mosul last year. Most of them hailed from Turkey, while many others came from Russia and former Soviet republics. Around 65 Russian children and 36 women remain detained in Iraq, Chechen Islamist leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s envoy in the Middle East and North Africa, told Interfax on Thursday.

CH/L – nsnbc 22.02.2018

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