German ISIS bride nicknamed ‘Belle of Mosul’ may face death penalty

The U.S. -led coalition says several Islamic State suicide bombers have attacked one of its bases in northern Iraq, without causing any Iraqi or foreign casualties.

The fate of 16-year-old Linda Wenzel now lies in the hands of the Iraqi judicial process, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. She was found in the basement of a home in Mosul’s Old City by Iraqi forces who are driving ISIS militants from the city.

German prosecutors had previously warned that Linda W. could be put on trial in Iraq where she faces the death penalty if convicted of terrorism-related offenses.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had told relatives of the workers in July that they might be held in a prison in Badush, northwest of Mosul, which Iraqi forces have taken back from ISIS. Germany’s Foreign Ministry previously said they were working on returning the teen and three other German women who are imprisoned in Iraq, but there is now no extradition treaty between the two countries.

He said he was not sure she recognised the gravity of the situation she now finds herself in.

In an interview with the Associated Press on Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder Abadi claimed that around half of the 1,333 detainees held by the Iraqi government and “ISIS family members” are Turkish nationals.

“The security forces are interrogating the detainees in a detention camp in Hammam al-Alil, some 50 km south of Mosul, to determine the identities of their countries as many of them no longer had their original documents”, Attiyah said.

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

“We weren’t informed where the families would be taken to, and we don’t know if they will have access to assistance and protection”, Markham said.

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