The Islamic State (ISIS), known for its horrific brutality against women and children of other religions, have reportedly executed more than 250 women and girls in Iraq. According to a report by The Times of India which cites “local news reports,” the group of women, which also included young girls, were executed after they refused to become the sex slaves of the jihadi fighters. The killings reportedly happened in the Islamic State occupied city of Mosul.
The report adds that these women were ordered by ISIS fighters to accept temporary marriages to several jihadi fighters who then tried to consummate the marriage. However, many women refused to be their sex slaves which led to them being murdered. Many of the women were reportedly killed along with their family members.
The report of the killings has been confirmed by a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official from Mosul, Said Mamuzini. According to Said, non-Muslim women trapped in Mosul face too many hardships in their lives due to the strict, regressive rules imposed upon them. They are not allowed any sort of freedom and several of them have already been forcefully married off to Islamic State fighters. Many of them who refused to submit to this practice were told that they and their family members would be executed.
“At least 250 girls have so far been executed by IS for refusing to accept the practice of sexual jihad, and sometimes the families of the girls were also executed for rejecting to submit to ISIS’s request,” Mamuzini told London-based Kurdish news agency AhlulBayt.
The news of these women being killed was also confirmed by Ghayas Surchi, a senior official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party. Surchi said that there are several grave human rights violations happening in almost all Islamic State held territories. He added that women under the Islamic State, especially non-Muslim women, basically have no rights and are seen as commodities with them having no say in choosing their spouses.
Today ISIS executed 250 women in Mosul, Iraq for refusing to become sex slaves. But of course all anyone can talk about is Prince
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I am Heartbroken About this!
Kurdish officials said ISIS” had recently executed 250 women in Mosul for refusing to become slaves.
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The news of the killing of more than 250 women in Mosul by the Islamic State comes barely a year after similar reports emerged from the same city in August last year. In August, 2014, more than 500 Yazidi women and young girls were kidnapped by the Islamic State. The same number of women were kidnapped two months later, in October of 2014, after the militants stormed the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq. More than 5,000 Yazidi men were reported to have been killed during the same time. The real number of casualties might take years to be confirmed, because the area is yet to be fully liberated from the control of the Islamic State.
Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, has been under the control of the Islamic State since June 10, 2014. Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama, said, on Monday, that he had hoped that Mosul would be retaken from the Islamic State eventually.
“My expectation is that by the end of the year, we will have created the conditions whereby Mosul will eventually fall,” Obama said.
In a move to retake Mosul, the U.S. government had only last week announced that they would deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq, apart from sending eight Apache helicopters to fight the Islamic State. U.S. Defense officials confirmed that this move is to assist Iraqi troops who are planning to launch an offensive against the Islamic State in Mosul to re-capture the city.
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