4 IS militants linked with terrorist attacks in Iraq, Syria sentenced to death

Experts estimate that Iraq is holding 20,000 people in jail over suspected IS membership. There is no official figure, according to AFP.

Baghdad ( – An Iraqi court has sentenced four members of the Islamic State militant group to death by hanging over their involvement in terrorist attacks in Iraq and Syria.

The Karkh Criminal Court in Baghdad handed the Islamic State militants the death penalty for carrying out several terrorist attacks against security forces and citizens in Iraq and Syria with the aim to destabilize the security situation there, Alghad Press website quoted the Supreme Judicial Council media center as saying in a press statement on Sunday.

“Despite their arrest in Syria, the terrorists were tried in Iraq after having been handed over by the Syrian Democratic Forces for being wanted by Iraqi judiciary,” the statement read.

Iraqi courts have sentenced many of Islamic State members, including a big number of female members, to death over joining the militant group.

The exact number of detained militants is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands. It’s also unclear how many members are likely to face death sentences.

Iraqi authorities regularly announce the capture of Islamic State extremists in different parts in the country since the collapse of the group’s territorial influence in December 2017.

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