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Iraq Sentences 19 Russian women for joining IS



A court in Iraq sentenced 19 Russian women to life imprisonment for membership in the terrorist group Islamic State

The Baghdad Central Criminal Court, which deals with terrorism, also condemned six Azerbaijani women and four from Tajikistan

Most of the defendants told the court that they had been sent to Iraq by IS fighters against their will from Turkey.

Earlier this month, the Russian Foreign Ministry said between 50 and 1965 and 70 "Russian-speaking women" were held in Iraq along with more than 100 of their children.

In a violent offensive in 2014, IS took over almost a third of Iraq and took control of the country's second largest city, Mosul

Baghdad declared in December the military victory over the jihadists, having taken them from all urban centers had expelled.

Experts estimate that Iraq holds 20,000 people in prison for suspected IS membership. There is no official number.

The Iraqi courts have sentenced more than 300 people, including dozens of foreigners, to ISIS.


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