Iraq sentences 2 more Frenchmen to death for joining IS

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BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court sentenced two Frenchmen to death on Monday for membership of Islamic State, a prosecutor told Reuters, bringing the total number of French citizens on death row in Iraq to 11.

The sentences can be appealed. President Emmanuel Macron`s government has said France opposes the death penalty but respects Iraqi sovereignty.

Iraq is conducting trials of thousands of suspected Islamic State fighters, including hundreds of foreigners, many of whom were arrested as the group`s strongholds crumbled. The group declared an ultra-radical Sunni Islamist “caliphate” spanning parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

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