IRAQ SENTENCED 616 FOREIGNERS FOR IS LINKS IN 2018
January 4, 2019:
Iraq sentenced more than 600 foreigners including many women and dozens of minors in 2018 for belonging to the Islamic State group, the judiciary said on 31 December 2018. (Sources: AFP, 31/12/2018)
Iraq declared "victory" over IS at the end of 2017 after a three-year war against the jihadists, who once controlled nearly a third of the country as well as swathes of neighbouring Syria.
Around 20,000 people suspected of links to IS have been arrested since 2014.
Judicial spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar said on 31 December that "616 men and women accused of belonging to IS have been put on trial" in 2018 and sentenced under Iraq's anti-terrorism law.
They comprised 466 women, 42 men and 108 minors, he said.
Bayraqdar did not, however specify the punishments.