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Umm Hudhayfah sentenced to death. Who is she? What are the charges against her?

On Wednesday, an Iraqi court issued a death sentence for Asmaa al-Kubaisi (48 years old), the first wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, about five years after her arrest.

The court convicted Al-Kubaisi, known as “Umm Hudhayfah,” on charges of dealing with ISIS, detaining many Yazidi women and children in her home, and enslaving some of them, based on a lawsuit filed by a number of women who were kidnapped during the organization’s attack on their areas in the city of Sinjar, where the incident took place. They were kidnapped, and many practices were committed against them, such as murder, rape, and trafficking them as slaves, and thousands of them remain unaccounted for.

One of the Yazidi women describes Al-Baghdadi’s woman as being responsible for everything, as she chose female slaves to serve her and her husband.

Asmaa Al-Kubaisi lived with Al-Baghdadi and her husband in the Idlib countryside in 2012, then moved with him to the city of Raqqa in 2014. Then she moved to live in Hatay – Turkey, with a false identity and an alias, and there the Turkish authorities identified her and arrested her in 2018 with ten other people, including her daughter, Laila, before… Months after the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a US air strike in 2019.

Al-Kubaisi defended herself before the court, presenting herself as a victim of the organization, and denied all charges against her of her involvement in the organization’s activities.

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