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2897 family members of IS militants held in northern Iraq

2897 family members of IS militants held in northern Iraq”

After running away from her home in eastern Germany last summer to join the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) in Iraq, German teen Linda W.'s fate now rests in the hands of Iraq's courts, the country's prime minister said on Saturday.

Linda Wenzel, 16, is now in a prison in Baghdad awaiting trial to find out if she faces the sentence of death by hanging.

"You know teenagers under certain laws, they are accountable for their actions especially if the act is a criminal activity when it amounts to killing innocent people", the Prime Minister said in an interview with the Associated Press.

The women and children were detained in Iraq's second city Mosul, capital of Nineveh province and IS's main stronghold in the country until Iraqi forces retook it in July.

Iraqi intelligence officials told AP that Linda W. allegedly worked with the IS group's police force.

Hundreds of women and children surrendered to Kurdish forces deployed north of Al-Ayadieh, officials said.

Abadi gave the first indication of what's likely to happen with all these detainees, saying that while the judiciary was who would ultimately decide, many of these detainees didn't commit any crimes, and would ultimately be sent back to their countries of origin.

On Aug. 31, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared full liberation of the city of Tal Afar and surrounding areas, including Ayadhiyah, from the extremist IS militants. So far, Iraq has repatriated fewer than 100 people.

The other non-Iraqi women include citizens from France, Belgium, Syria and Iran.

'She just told me that she wants her home back, like a journey that she went on and did not like. Her home country's foreign ministry had previously said it was trying to bring her home, along with three other German women imprisoned in Iraq. "She said she had killed a number of our men in the battle", shortly after her capture. German authorities however previously told local media they are confident she will be spared the death penalty but expect her to serve a long prison sentence before her release to Germany.

If she was tried and convicted in Germany, Wenzel could face between one and ten years in prison.



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