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German woman charged with Islamic State membership

Federal prosecutors say they’ve charged a 26-year-old German woman with membership in a terrorist organization on allegations she joined the extremist Islamic State.

Prosecutors say that Derya O., whose full name isn’t given in line with privacy laws, is accused of joining the group in Syria in February 2014 and marrying a fighter there with whom she had previous contact over the internet.

They lived in Syria and Iraq off funds the husband received from IS, and had a child together.

She’s alleged to have also received small-arms weapons training from her husband and had an explosive belt that could have been used in a suicide bombing.

She left Syria through Turkey in 2017 and returned to Germany that August.

— AP

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