Senior ISIS Official Sentenced in Iraq

09/22/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) –  Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi, who is described as a senior leader in ISIS and having directly served Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been sentenced to death in Iraq. His case was reportedly the first that Iraq was able to extradite a senior ISIS figure from inside Turkey. The status of his boss, al-Baghdadi, is unclear. There are many contradictory reports on whether al-Baghdadi is alive or not.

Justice for the victims of ISIS’s genocide has been slow in arriving. While some senior officials such as al-Ithawi have been caught, most ISIS militants have either melted back into society or are still actively fighting. The judicial system lacks an investigative strategy which applies due process of law and a strategy which does not cater to using accusations of ISIS membership to enact tribal revenge. Furthermore, there are many concerns that Iraq’s jails lack the capability to handle the capacity of those who likely have fought with ISIS.

Unless resolved, these issues are a barrier to displaced Christians who were victims of ISIS. There are many reports of victims seeing their ISIS abusers melted back into society, which contributes to a distrust of whether it is really safe to return back to their homes following displacement. An absence of law on a local level also creates a sense of distrust of governing authorities.


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