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Iraqi court sentences 3 French members of ISIS to death

An Iraqi judicial official says a Baghdad court has sentenced to death three French citizens, members of the group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

They were among 13 French citizens captured in Syria and handed over to Iraq in January

Iraqi security forces hold an ISIS flag on the outskirts of Ramadi in this file photo from Dec. 23, 2014. (Reuters)

An Iraqi judicial official says a Baghdad court has sentenced to death three French citizens, members of the group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The official says the three, sentenced on Sunday, were among 13 French citizens captured in Syria and handed over to Iraq in January by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media. Iraqi President Barham Saleh had said during a February visit to Paris that the 13 will be prosecuted in accordance with Iraqi laws.

Thousands of men and women came from around the world to join ISIS when it declared its self-styled Islamic caliphate in 2014.

It wasn't immediately clear how France, which abolished the death penalty nearly four decades ago, will react to the sentencing of its citizens.

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