Nobel Peace Prize Winner Welcomes Death of 'Coward' Baghdadi, Calls for Isis Fighters to Be Tried Like the Nazis at Nuremberg

A Nobel Peace Prize winner who survived being held prisoner by ISIS has welcomed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and called for captured fighters to be tried in court.

Yazidi activist Nadia Murad took to Twitter to call for ISIS to be brought to justice following news that the terror group's leader was dead.

In a series of tweets, Murad referenced President Donald Trump's characterization of Baghdadi's death, saying he had died like a "coward using children as a shield."

"The death of #alBaghdadi is welcoming news for the world, especially for those communities that were targeted by #ISIS," she wrote.

"Baghdadi died as he lived – a coward using children as a shield. Let today be the beginning of the global fight to bring ISIS to justice."

Murad said she was grateful to the U.S. government and their allies to took part in and supported the operation targeting Baghdadi.

But she added that that captured ISIS fighters need to be held accountable in the same way that Nazis were at the Nuremberg Trials, adding it is the "only acceptable course of action."

Murad said: "Those captured alive need to be brought to justice in an open court for the world to see. Justice is the only acceptable course of action. We must unite and hold #ISIS terrorists accountable in the same way the world tried the Nazis in an open court at the Nuremberg Trials."

Murad, who was repeatedly raped when held captive by ISIS, noted that those who were persecuted and enslaved by the terror organization still need help.

"It is important not to forget those who suffered at the hands of Al-Baghdadi and his militants still need help," she wrote. "In particular, religious minorities in Iraq like #Yazidis and Christians. Yazidis are still displaced and thousands (mostly women and children) remain missing."

In a national address on Sunday, Trump claimed Baghdadi died "whimpering" and "screaming" as U.S. forces cornered him in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.

Trump said Baghdadi had fled into a "dead-end" tunnel with three of his children who he used as human shields as U.S. forces closed in on him in a night-time raid.

Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and the children, Trump added.

"Last night the United States brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead," Trump said during his address.

"He was a sick and depraved man, and now he's gone. Baghdadi was vicious and violent and he died in a vicious and violent way as a coward running and crying."

He later added: "He died like a dog, he died like a coward."

According to Trump, although Baghdadi's body was "mutilated" in the blast, his death was confirmed by a DNA test.

During his address, Trump also noted that the "genocidal mass murder of Yazidis" was among the crimes that rank ISIS as among the most depraved groups in history.

ISIS fighters seized villages in Sinjar in Iraq in 2014, slaughtering Yazidi men and boys before abducting the women and girls to be used as sex slaves.

Murad was kidnapped from the village of Kocho in Sinjar and held by ISIS for three months before she managed to escape.

Now living in Germany, she is the founder of Nadia's Initiative, an organization dedicated to "rebuilding communities in crisis and advocating for survivors of sexual violence," according to its website.

Murad was the joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 alongside Denis Mukwege for their "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war."

Newsweek has contacted a representative of Murad for further comment.

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Nobel Peace Prize Nadia Murad arrives at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on August 23, 2019. Murad has called for captured ISIS fighters to be tried like the Nazis at Nuremberg following the death of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Getty
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