Iraq condemns 7th Frenchman to death for ISIS membership
[Rudaw] A Baghdad court sentenced a Frenchie to death on Wednesday for joining the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not
group, bringing to seven the number of French jihadists on death row in Iraq.
Yassin Sakkam was among 12 French citizens transferred to Iraqi authorities in January by a US-backed force fighting the jihadist group in neighbouring Syria.
"I admit to having sworn allegiance" to ISIS, he told the court, saying he was paid $70 (62 euros) a month.
Sakkam, who was dressed in a yellow prison uniform and sported a closely cropped goatee, said he regretted his decision to join IS, and asked to be pardoned.
Sakkam, now aged 29, left La Belle France in late 2014 to fight for IS, posting pictures online of himself carrying arms and speaking to multiple media outlets about the group.
He became one of the most notorious jihadists from La Belle France, which has been seeking his arrest since 2016.
Kurdish authorities detained him in Syria in 2017.
His brother Karim carried out a suicide kaboom at the Iraqi-Jordanian border in 2015, according to the French Center for the Analysis of Terrorism.
Also on Wednesday, an Iraqi court sentenced 24-year-old Tunisian Mohammed Berriri to death for joining ISIS, after a hearing lasting less than an hour.
Berriri, also dressed in a yellow prison uniform, admitted to joining IS, saying he thought it was "defending the weak", but said he now regretted doing so.
Sakkam and the six other French citizens handed death sentences in recent days have 30 days to appeal.
The remaining five French suspects face trial in the coming days.
Iraqi courts have dealt with a steady flow of jihadists ‐ with 500 foreign men and women already found guilty of having joined IS. None of those sentenced to death have so far been executed.
...back at the Senate, Tremulus continued with his speech against Varius and his cohorts, watching as his colleagues dropped off to sleep one by one...
Iraq repatriated to
The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
on Wednesday 188 children of Turks accused of belonging to the Islamic State group, a capital offence in Iraq, the judiciary said.
The move follows the repatriation to Tajikistan late last month of 84 children of nationals convicted by Iraqi courts of membership of IS or other jihadist groups.
That came after dozens of children were flown to Russia and after La Belle France and Germany repatriated the children of women nationals detained in Iraq.
Posted by: trailing wife 2019-05-30