Iraqi court sentences German woman to death for joining ISIL



An Iraqi court on Sunday sentenced to death a German woman of Moroccan origin for joining ISIL, a Supreme Judicial Council spokesman said.

The German national was captured by Iraqi forces during the battle for Mosul last year, Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, the spokesman said, declining to identify her.

"She confessed that she traveled with her two daughters from Germany to Syria and then joined Daesh in Iraq," he said, referring to ISIL by an Arabic acronym. Both daughters later married militants. She can appeal the sentence, said Birder.

Bayrkdar said that she was found guilty of "offering logistic support and helping the terrorist group to carry out criminal acts," and "taking part in attacks against security forces." No more details were released.

Iraqi forces detained a number of foreign women as they drove ISIL from the territory it once controlled in northern and central Iraq.

A German foreign ministry spokeswoman declined to comment.

Thousands of foreigners have been fighting for ISIL in Iraq and Syria. A Russian ISIL fighter was sentenced to death in Iraq last year for joining the group.

Iraq declared victory last month over ISIL, which had seized control of nearly a third of the country in 2014. However, ISIL continues to carry out bombings and other attacks in the country.