German jihadi schoolgirl could face jail in Iraq

An Iraqi journalist who interviewed teenage IS bride Linda W. after she was found in Iraq says she might face several years in an Iraqi prison. Linda has said she regrets her decision to go to Iraq and wants to go home.

Linda W., the 16-year-old German girl who ran away from her home near Dresden to join the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) in Iraq, could face three and a half years in prison under Iraqi law for illegal border crossing, Iraqi journalist Amir Musawy told DW on Monday.

Musawy, who was given special access to interview Linda, said that she “definitely” wanted to return home, and appeared unaware of the gravity of her situation. 

“I think she is still thinking like a child … who does not understand what happened and what might be waiting for her,” Musawy said, describing her as “exhausted” and “unnerved” by the selfies Iraqi soldiers had wanted to take with her.

A German prosecutor has said that the girl might even face the death penalty in Iraq if tried there and found guilty of terrorism-related offenses.