Iraqi authorities refer mother of three to judiciary over terrorism links

Baghdad International Airport file photo.

Baghdad ( Iraqi authorities has referred a mother of three to the judiciary over affiliation with extremist groups, a government agency said in a statement on Friday.

The Iraqi border crossings authority said a mother and three of her children were referred to judicial authorities having been returned home by Syrian authorities. It referred to a statement by the Iraqi embassy in Damascus which pointed to the woman’s arrest by Syrian authorities over suspicions she had links with terrorist groups.

The authority said the woman was sent back aboard a Syrian flight before she was taken by police at the Baghdad International Airport preparing for referral to concerned judicial bodies.

Iraqi prisons host hundreds of wives and children of foreign fighters who had been killed or sentenced for fighting alongside Islamic State militants.

Iraq said late 2017 it regained control over all territories occupied by the terrorist group in 2014.

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