ISIS Forms Female Brigade to Enforce Sharia Law
The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has formed an all-female brigade tasked with the job of enforcing Sharia law in Syria.
The brigade was formed "shortly after [ISIS] retook control of Raqqa earlier this year."
According to Syria Deeply, ISIS official Abu Ahmad said, "We have established the brigade to raise awareness of our religion among women, and to punish women who do not abide by the law." He added, "Jihad is not a man-only duty. Women must do their part as well."
The women who are part of the brigade "are either women of Raqqa who wanted to take part in ISIS's activities there, or, often, the wives of mujahedeen who have come to fight from other parts of Syria or the region."
The Atlantic reported that women in Raqqa "who go out without a male chaperone or aren't fully covered in public are subject to arrests and beatings."
A teenager said that "she was snatched from the street by a group of armed women for walking without an escort and wearing her headscarf incorrectly." She also said that no one explained why she was being apprehended. Rather, "One of the women in the brigade came over, pointing her firearm at [her]." The women then quizzed the teenager about her "knowledge of prayer, fasting, and hijab."
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