France Hands ISIS Suspects to Iraq, Which Sentences Them to Hang – The New York Times

ISIS suspects handed over to Iraq

Samira, the wife of Karam El-Harchaoui, a French citizen who was sentenced to death in Iraq on Tuesday. She was photographed at a detention camp in northeastern Syria in March.

BAGHDAD — The seven French citizens, wearing sandals and yellow jumpsuits, were brought before an Iraqi judge in a Baghdad courtroom this week to answer for their offense: joining the Islamic State.

Each admitted to having thrown in his lot with the militants, working as tax collector, Arabic teacher, military trainer, chicken seller, medical aide or fighter.

If there was evidence that any had committed a violent crime, it was never presented. Most had not even seen a lawyer until moments before being escorted into the courtroom.

And yet after seven trials over four days, Judge Ahmed Mohamed Ali delivered seven identical sentences: death by hanging.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have appeared for the first time in five years – CNN

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For the first time in five years, ISIS has released what it says is a new video message from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In the video, a man purporting to be Baghdadi appeared to be wearing a casual outfit, sitting on the ground next to an assault rifle. He said the “battle for Baghouz is over,” referencing the last town held by ISIS in eastern Syria.

Baghouz was liberated from the terror group in late March, marking the collapse of the group’s so-called Caliphate.

In the video, the man praised recent bombings in Sri Lanka, which killed more than 250 people and wounded at least 500 on April 21.

He also referenced recent political events, including Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory in Israel, the resignation of Algeria’s president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the fall of Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir.

The video was published by ISIS media wing al-Furqan on Monday. If authentic, it would be the first time that Baghdadi has been seen since July 2014, when he spoke at the Great Mosque in Mosul.


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