As per the reports coming from Iraq, the authorities have claimed that Sixteen women, including a 16-year-old German girl who ran away from home, have been arrested in Mosul as Iraqi forces re-captured the northern city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Three Iraqi intelligence officials in a statement said, that the women were among 26 foreigners taken into custody in Mosul. Two were men and eight were children.
The children will be handed over to the countries they belong to, while the women will be tried on terrorism charges in Iraq, according to the officials.
They could face the death penalty under Iraqi counter-terrorism laws for belonging to ISIL, also known as ISIS.
Lorenz Haase, senior public prosecutor in the eastern German city of Dresden, said he could confirm that the German teenager, named only as Linda W., had been “located and identified in Iraq”.
She had converted to Islam shortly before she ran away from home last year.
“We, as the public prosecutor’s office Dresden, have not applied for an arrest warrant and will therefore not be able to request extradition,” Haase said.
French and German Embassy personnel have already visited the arrested women, they said.
More than 930 people have left Germany to join ISIL in Syria and Iraq in recent years, according to estimates by the an intelligence agency. About 20 percent of them are women.