Iraqi security forces stand guard at the gate of a camp for families and relatives of men accused of being Daesh militants, in Bartella, east of Mosul, Iraq July 15, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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An Iraqi court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Daesh (ISIS), a judiciary spokesman said Sunday. Iraq is conducting the trials of hundreds of foreign women who have been detained, with their children, since August by Iraqi forces as Daesh strongholds crumbled.Thousands of foreigners have fought on behalf of Daesh in Iraq and Syria since at least 2014 .Experts estimate that 20,000 people are being held in jail in Iraq for alleged membership of Daesh.Iraq declared victory in December over Daesh, which had seized control of nearly a third of the country in 2014 .
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