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The Iraqi ambassador to Moscow confirms that Baghdad is working with Russia on an agreement on the exchange of prisoners related to Daesh
Iraq is working with Russia and other countries to find an agreement on the exchange of foreign prisoners, particularly those related to Daesh. This was confirmed by the ambassador of Baghdad in Moscow, Haider Mansoor Al-Ithari, at a press conference, quoted by Baghdad Today. The diplomat, speaking about of a group of women involved with jihadists in the Middle Eastern country, explained that at the moment his nation has the exclusive right to try them (they are wives and relatives to Islamic State elements). This is because at the moment it is difficult to transfer them to their homeland. However, he added, “Iraq and Russia are working to exchange their prisoners, until an agreement is reached on the subject.” So far, Iraqi courts have condemned many foreign jihadists to death and to life imprisonment, following their involvement in Isis’ actions. Others, however, have been arrested abroad and Baghdad would like them to be extradited to the country.
The provision, on which Iraq also discusses with other countries, is linked to wives and children of Islamic State jihadists. Especially foreign fighters but not only
The problem is that together with the Daesh jihadists in Iraq, accused of terrorism and condemned, the Baghdad security forces (ISF) have also captured their families. There are no official data on this, but it seems that hundreds of foreign wives and children of the Islamic State militias are held, whose fate is uncertain for now. In fact, these are often not directly involved with the actions of their husbands and fathers, but have nevertheless embraced the Islamic State. As a result, they are related to the jihadist ideology. Following this, Baghdad is working – as well as Russia – with other countries to extradite them. Provided, however, that they are not convicted of terrorism.