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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Iraq condemns to death Russian jihadist captured in Mosul

The man, whom it did not name, had admitted to carrying out attacks against the security forces since 2015

An Iraqi court sentenced to death a Russian captured in Mosul after finding him guilty of fighting for ISIL. In this picture, taken on September 9, 2017, displaced Iraqis are seen in a camp south of Mosul. Azad Lashkari / Reuters
An Iraqi court sentenced to death a Russian captured in Mosul after finding him guilty of fighting for ISIL. In this picture, taken on September 9, 2017, displaced Iraqis are seen in a camp south of Mosul. Azad Lashkari / Reuters

An Iraqi court said on Tuesday it had sentenced to death a Russian captured in Mosul after finding him guilty of fighting for ISIL.

The Central Criminal Court said that the man, whom it did not name, had admitted to carrying out attacks against the security forces since 2015.

He belonged to ISIL's Zarqawi Brigade, named after Abu-Musab Al Zarqawi, who led Iraq's main jihadist organisation until his death in a US air strike in 2006, the court's spokesman, judge Abdel Settar Bayraqdar, said.

Iraqi forces detained hundreds of suspected jihadists during the nine-month operation to recapture the country's second city, which culminated in July. Many more were killed.

They included foreign fighters from a string of Arab and other countries, including Russia, which has faced insurgencies by Chechens and other Muslim groups in the North Caucasus.

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