The wives who were forced into marriages with Al-Quaeda leaders are now having to pay a steep price for crimes and wrongdoings they never committed.
For instance, an Iraqi court sentenced the wives of two slain al-Qaeda leaders to decades in prison on terrorism-related charges in June.
The court's action has rekindled the debate over the fate of thousands of women who are often forced into marrying or raped by the fighters. Marital rapes would occur late at night and the women did not even see the faces of their "husbands."
Children of these marriages and rapes also suffer. There is no proof that the children come from a legitimate marriage, meaning that they cannot get birth certificates and have no citizenship rights, including the right to go to school.