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Iraq: Islamic State Paid Woman to Flog Other Women for Baring Their Ankles

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Yass Khathr is serving time in a Kurdish prison, but before her arrest for taking part in the Islamic State’s jihad, Khathr was being paid by the terrorists to flog other women in Mosul.

Islamic State terrorists paid Khathr to torture those who dared to show their ankles under their niqabs and those who smoked or consumed forbidden literature, The Times reported.

“The 26-year-old Islamic State member was responsible for lashing other women as part of the jihadists’ two-and-a-half-year reign of Iraq’s second biggest city,” The Times reported. “By her own admission, she whipped about 50 women with a stick and rope every week to make them pay for their ‘crimes’ against the caliphate.”

“In return, ISIS paid her 50,000 dinars (£35) per month,” The Times reported.

“I took the job because I needed the money,” Khathr admitted to the UK newspaper.

Now that she is in prison, Khathr fears for her future if she is released.

“I will be shunned by family, my community,” Khathr said. “I can never go back home.”

Khathr is not alone as a woman participating in Islamic State jihad. While other jihadi groups have tolerated the participation of women in war – some, like Boko Haram, even forcing women to conduct acts such as suicide bombings – the core Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have also created all-women “brigades” meant to enforce Sharia law in their strongholds of Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq.

In Mosul, the all-women Khansaa Brigade were notorious among women for attacking and torturing anyone who failed to adhere to Sharia law. Women who have escaped Mosul have said they are “much more afraid” of the Khansaa Brigade than the male jihadists, who are limited in how they can punish Muslim women who are not their wives.

Last year, a female member of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) tortured a Syrian girl to death for violating dress code. Female Islamic State terrorists identified as militants took her to jail where a woman known as Oum Farouq tortured her to death.

“She was harshly tortured. We have received her dead body full of physical effects of torture,” explained one family member. “We cannot even protest against this horrible crime. The only judicial department in Manbij is the Sharia Court, which supports such crimes.”

The woman in charge of the prison where Khathr is being held said that reforming the women in the institution is as or more important than punishing them.

“The battle in Kurdistan’s prisons and reformatories like this one is just as important as the soldiers’ fight in Mosul,” Dima Mohammed Bayz, governor of the prison, said. “They are fighting ISIS in the present; we are fighting them in the future.”


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