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Iran jails 16 women for joining Daesh in Syria

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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Tehran's Prosecutor Abbas Ja'afari Dolatabadi says 16 women have been sentenced to prison terms for joining Daesh terrorist group.

Dolatabadi added on Sunday that the women were also ordered to turn over more than three billion rials (about $72,000), which they had received from the terrorist group.

He noted that the women had gone to Syria to join and support Daesh Takfiri group and had received training to carry out acts of terror. They also conducted some operations there.

The Iranian judiciary official said the female terrorists were arrested upon their return to Iran from Syria.

This is not the first time that Iran's security forces arrest members of the Takfiri terrorist outfit.

A division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said in January that it had arrested a number of Daesh terrorists in the west of the country.

Following intelligence activities, the IRGC Ground Forces' Najaf Base engaged in clashes with 21 members of the Daesh terrorist group, who had entered the country through its western borders.

Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, the commander of the IRGC Ground Forces, said that 16 Daesh terrorists were arrested during the operation while a number of them were killed.

Iranian security forces also in June 2017 arrested a number of terrorists linked to Daesh before they could carry out any act of terror in the country’s religious cities.

According to a statement by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, Iranian security forces managed to identify and arrest the Daesh-linked terrorists, who were planning to carry out terrorist acts in provinces deep in the country as well as religious cities.

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