Iraq sentences German woman to death for joining Isis, reports say

A court in Baghdad heard how the woman, who was captured a year ago by Iraqi forces, helped the extremist group after travelling to the war-torn country with her children.

The German is the first European woman to face the death sentence in Iraq for joining the terrorist group.

She then travelled to Iraq along with her two daughters, who both later married militants.

A Russian Islamic State fighter was sentenced to death in Iraq a year ago for joining the hardline group. Scotland Yard has released her on bail while it continues its investigation.

Iraq declared victory over IS last month.

German daily Der Spiegel reported she was being held in Baghdad along with three other German women, including one of Moroccan origin.

An Iraqi court found the unnamed woman guilty of "offering logistic support and helping the terrorist group to carry out criminal acts".

At least two other German women are also in prison in Iraq, whose authorities have not officially said how many jihadists were taken prisoner during the battle against IS.

It comes after a different German girl, Linda Wenzel, was arrested a year ago after running away to join the jihadists.

There are no official figures for arrests of jihadists during the battle against IS, but Iraqi commanders and Iraqi Kurdish fighters say hundreds gave themselves up.

Thousands of foreigners have been fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. They include nationals from 14 countries, many of whom will be tried in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Last September, the same court sentenced to death a Russian man who had fought with the terror group in Mosul.

  • Jon Douglas