ROME - A 29-year-old female Italian militant was sentenced in absentia to nine years in jail on Monday in the country's first such conviction, according to media reports. Maria Giulia Sergio adopted the name Fatima after converting to Islam and married an Albanian in September 2014 so she could join the so-called Islamic State militants who hold ground in Syria and Iraq. Several days into the marriage the couple flew from Rome to Turkey and clandestinely entered Syria. Her husband, named as Aldo Kobuzi, trained at an IS camp and the female militant learned how to handle weapons.