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Foreign Ministry working on Turkish citizens in Iraqi detention

Foreign Ministry working on Turkish citizens in Iraqi detention

The defendants confessed to marrying Isis fighters or providing the group "with logistical aid or helping them carry out terrorist attacks", said Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar.

The women, said to be aged between 20 and 50, appeared dressed in black at the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad yesterday, the BBC reports. Many foreign women came - or were brought - from overseas to join the militants.

Iraq's Arabic-language al-Mashriq newspaper has reported that more than 1,500 women and children from the families of ISIS militants are now being held in the country, and that the Baghdad government is coordinating with their respective countries to decide their fate. Four had young children with them.

Iraq, which has detained at least 560 women, as well as 600 children identified as jihadist or relatives of suspected ISIS fighters, is wasting no time in putting them on trial.

One told the judge that she had fought Iraqi troops alongside the militants, an official said.

The Iraqi Criminal Court yesterday sentenced 15 Turkish women to death for belonging to Daesh.

Last week, the court issued a verdict of death penalty for a female Turkish citizen and issued 10 verdicts of life sentences for other women from different countries, according to an earlier statement by Biraqdar. Iraq in December declared victory over the IS, which had seized control of almost a third of the country in 2014.

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

Iraq's anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped ISIS even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.

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

Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi has stated, "All foreign nationals who have committed crimes and acts of terror against Iraqi people, either directly or through support for ISIS terrorists, will be subject to the Iraqi law".

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