Islamic State terrorist group fighter arrested in Georgia

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The Georgia State Security Service stopped at the airport today Tbilisi to a Georgian citizen, Tsiskara Tojosashviliconsidered an alleged combatant of the Islamic State terrorist group (EI), informed the news agency EFE the institution.

The fighter can be sentenced to between 10 and 17 years in prison for joining the ranks of a foreign terrorist organization and assisting it in terrorist activities.

His arrest by the Security Service was made possible by evidence obtained in the course of anti-terrorist activities.

Tokhosashvili left Georgia in 2015, traveled to middle East and joined the Islamic State.

The detainee was nicknamed “Emir One” and “was considered a fairly influential figure among IS members,” the Security Service said.

According to this source, Tokhosashvili “actively participated in terrorist activities in Iraq and Syria, and even led one of the units for some time in the conflict zone”.

The State Security Service points out that the detainee had “connections with various influential IS leaders”.

Three years ago, Tsiskara’s younger brother, Tsezar Tokhosashvili, known as “Emir Al-Bara Shishani”who is serving a sentence in Georgia, was arrested on similar charges.

Several dozen people, mostly ethnic Chechen-kistawho live in the gorge of Your bankhave left Georgia to fight for IS.

Islamic State fighters
Islamic State fighters

The active recruitment of mercenaries stopped a few years ago when the legislation against terrorist activities was tightened.

Evidence collected in Irak strengthens preliminary findings that Islamic State extremists they committed Crimes against humanity and war crimes against Christian community after they seized nearly a third of the country in 2014, an investigative team from the HIM in a report that circulated Thursday.

The UN Security Council report highlights that the crimes included the forcible transfer and persecution of Christians, the seizure of their property, participation in sexual violence, slavery and other “inhumane acts”, such as forced conversions and destruction of cultural and religious sites.

In addition, the team said it identified prominent leaders and members of the Islamic State who participated in the attack and seizure of three predominantly Christian towns —Hamdaniyah, Karamlays y Bartella— on the plains of Nineveh in July and August 2014. It also began collecting evidence about crimes committed against the Christian community in Mosul.

The fighters of the group also known as ISIS y Daesh seized Iraqi cities and declared a caliphate over a large swath of territory Syria and Iraq in 2014. The extremist group was formally defeated in Iraq in 2017 after a bloody battle that left thousands dead and cities in ruins, but its sleeper cells continue to stage attacks in different parts of Iraq.

The 26-page report was released by the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for the Crimes of the Islamic State in Iraq.

(With information from EFE)

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