Germany arrests woman, accused of joining Daesh, on return home

Prosecutors didn’t detail the circumstances of how Nasim A. returned to Germany. (File/AFP)
Updated 16 November 2019

Germany arrests woman, accused of joining Daesh, on return home

  • She was detained by Kurdish forces in Al-Hawl camp
  • Nasim A. ran the household while her husband was free to fight

BERLIN: A German woman accused of joining Daesh in Syria and marrying a fighter has been arrested on arrival in Germany.
Federal prosecutors said the woman, identified only as Nasim A., was arrested Friday evening. They said Saturday she had been detained by Kurdish forces early this year and held at the Al-Hawl camp in northeastern Syria.
Prosecutors say she traveled to Syria in late 2014 and married a Daesh militant. The couple allegedly moved to Tal Afar, Iraq, where they lived in a Daesh-seized house. The woman ran the household, receiving $100 per month from Daesh and leaving her husband free to fight.
Prosecutors didn’t detail the circumstances of her return to Germany. Turkey is currently engaged in a push to deport Daesh members.


Civilians, soldiers clash leaving 127 dead in South Sudan

Updated 12 August 2020

Civilians, soldiers clash leaving 127 dead in South Sudan

  • The violence in Tonj began after several armed youths got into a disagreement with soldiers
  • An initial armed confrontation was brought under control, but local youths subsequently mobilized for an attack on the army position

JUBA: Clashes between soldiers and civilians during a disarmament exercise in the central South Sudanese town of Tonj have left 127 dead, the army spokesman said Wednesday.
Major General Lul Ruai Koang told AFP that the fighting erupted on Saturday as security forces carried out an operation to disarm civilians in the area which has seen deadly inter-communal clashes.
More than six years after a civil war broke out in the country, and in the absence of a functioning government, many communities are flush with weapons, which they keep for protection or defense against cattle raids.
The violence in Tonj began after several armed youths got into a disagreement with soldiers. An initial armed confrontation was brought under control, but according to Koang the youths mobilized others for an attack on the army position.
“On the latest, the number of those killed, I can confirm to you that it rose to 127,” Koang said, adding that 45 of those killed were security forces and 82 were youths from the area.
A further 32 soldiers were injured.
Koang said two military officers involved in “triggering the clashes” had been arrested, and that the situation in Tonj had calmed down.
South Sudan is emerging from a six-year civil war that left 380,000 dead and millions displaced, and disarmament is a major stumbling block.
Experts have warned against operations that coerce people to lay down their guns without proper planning, as some communities could find themselves unable to protect themselves after their weapons are removed.
“The clashes should be an opportunity to rethink the approach to disarmament. What is the point of removing guns without addressing what drives folks to arms themselves?” Geoffrey Duke, head of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, said on Twitter.
“We can take guns away this week & they buy a new one next week (as) long as they still see the need to have (one).”