ISIS’s Guide to Sex Slaves in Syria and Iraq

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Women’s liberation quickly begins to feel like climbing a steep mountainside with primitive equipment. For every step forward, we seem to take two steps back. But the shocking guide recently released by the Islamic State’s Research and Fatwa Department (ISIS) on how to buy, sell and treat their sex slaves has once again dropped us into the bottom of an abyss. . A dark and horrible abyss that makes the flesh crawl.

This new Islamic State propaganda only serves to reinforce what we already know about the desperate conditions of women living in areas controlled by ISIS. Women are required to observe strict dress rules and are not allowed to leave the house without a male relative. Violators can be whipped or even executed.

But their worst treatment is reserved for “unbelievers” as they call them. Rumors had been circulating for some time that captives would be treated as sex slaves or spoils of war and the sale of women, teenagers and pre-teens. Many of them seemed hard to believe, like a fantasy historical novel, not a 21st century event. But this guide confirms everything.

“There is no doubt among scholars that it is permissible to capture unbelieving women. [women] that were captured and brought into the abode of Islam are allowed to us, after the imam has distributed them [among us], says the guide.

Some of the most horrific things detailed in the brochure include ISIS giving permission for their fighters to have sex with their captive immediately if she is a “virgin”. If she is not, it requires that “her womb be cleansed” first. However, he did not give any instruction on how to “cleanse” a woman’s uterus.

It’s getting worse. The pamphlet includes chilling answers to the question of whether female slaves can be “sexually shared” when bought by multiple partners. And it continues in that vein on 27 Questions and Answers, including treating women like property, meant to be bought or sold – statements that make our blood boil!

“It is permissible to buy, sell or give as gifts captives and slaves, because these are only goods that can be disposed of. [as long as that doesn’t cause any harm or damage]. “

“Captives are distributed as part of a man’s estate when he dies, just as [other parts] of his estate [are distributed]”

It seems pointless trying to reason with a group determined to bring things back to the Dark Ages through a red haze of blood and blood. But it’s heartwarming that the women there are fighting back. They staged civilian protests, repeatedly warned the world of the threat posed by ISIS, and even took up arms. About a third of the Kurdish troops on the battlefield in Syria are made up of women, and some of the senior officers in the foreground are women.

This new manual on sex slaves published by ISIS can only serve to give these women even more reason to fight.

And before we all think this is happening in a faraway world, thousands of miles away, it’s important to remember that it was only in the recent past that the Taliban also committed similar atrocities against women. And they are much closer to home.

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