Iraq court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining IS

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Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, said on Sunday the convicted women confessed that they married IS militants and provided them logistical support, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Monday that it was working on the release of Turkish citizens who are now being detained by Iraqi authorities.

Baghdad's central court sentenced an unnamed German woman in January to death for traveling to Syria with her two children to join ISIS.

This sentencing follows after Iraq claimed victory over ISIS in Iraq and after several hundreds of women have been tried by the Iraqi court.

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 Islamic State strongholds crumbled. Many women came or were brought from overseas in the territories under the control of the jihadist group. The sources stressed that they have requested the return of children and adults who have not committed any crimes - four children have been returned to Turkey so far. One of them told the judge she had taken part in fighting against Iraqi forces alongside the jihadists, he said.

Human Rights Watch has raised concerns about the judicial process and branded the trials unfair.

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Thousands of foreigners have fought for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since 2014.

"The central criminal court of Iraq, after reviewing the case of 16 Turkish citizens, have confirmed the latter's involvement with the IS activities..."

Hundreds of women and children have been detained in Iraq over alleged links to Isis since the Islamist group lost control of its final strongholds in the country a year ago.

The Iraqi government declared its war against the group over in December.

Under Iraq's anti-terror law, anyone found guilty of joining IS can be handed the death penalty, including non-combatants.