Arabic | Kurdish



In new hostage video, Islamic State demands release of female prisoners in Iraq

2018/06/23 | 20:30

(Iraq Now News)- ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Islamic State (IS) has demanded the release of all Sunni female prisoners in Iraqi jails in a recent hostage video published to their online forums.

The extremist group has given Baghdad a three-day deadline to free the women before it executes six men who appear in the hostage video, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

The men in the video identify themselves as Iraqi police officers and militiamen.

The footage was published one week after IS announced the kidnapping of 17 members of Iraq’s Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militia, AP reports.

Baghdad is currently conducting trials for hundreds of foreign women and children who have been detained by Iraqi troops during military operations to liberate the country from IS over the past year.

Following the emergence of the extremist group in Iraq and Syria in 2014, thousands of foreign nationals joined IS.

Accompanying them were women who came from different parts of the world.

In April, an Iraqi court sentenced 19 women holding Russian nationality to life imprisonment after handing death sentences to seven Turkish women for their membership to IS.

Iraq declared victory over IS in December 2017 after years of fierce fighting against the group.

Since then, Iraqi courts have begun prosecuting foreign militants.

According to Iraq’s counterterrorism law, aiding or membership in the extremist group carries the penalty of life in prison or death.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has faced criticism in recent weeks as the group has re-emerged in previously liberated areas where they resort to guerilla-style tactics including random bombings, assassinations, and kidnappings.

Note: The post (In new hostage video, Islamic State demands release of female prisoners in Iraq) appeared first on (Kurdistan 24) and do not necessarily reflect the position of IraqNow.news.
You can read the original text from the source (Kurdistan 24).










Trending Now


⋙ Trump says US to make final conclusions on Khashoggi killing in days

⋙ Two Algerian migrants dead, eight missing off Italy‘s coast

⋙ Netanyahu says onus of early election on coalition partners

⋙ Update: Tens of rebels arrested by Turkish forces in northern Aleppo

⋙ Powerful Kuwaiti sports official charged with forging evidence against former prime minister

Videos - Photos

⋙ Video: Chechen woman blows herself up at Grozny police checkpoint (EXCLUSIVE)

⋙ Brazlilian pilot converts to Islam in midair over Saudi Arabia (video)

⋙ Turkey infuriated over photos of US soldiers having dinner with YPG in Syria


ISIS News

⋙ Video: Chechen woman blows herself up at Grozny police checkpoint (EXCLUSIVE)

⋙ Brazlilian pilot converts to Islam in midair over Saudi Arabia (video)

⋙ US-backed forces deploy 1,700 fighters to anti-ISIS offensive in east Syria

⋙ Iran to create new ISIS, no better partner to fight it than KSA: US

⋙ Anti-ISIS coalition turns focus to stabilization with new representative

⋙ Hashd al-Shaabi guards Iraq-Syria border against ISIS incursion

⋙ Kirkuk's governor belongs to ISIS: Hewitt