Saeed Mimousini, a party spokesman, said the killing took place over the last two days and explained, “The penalty decision came on the background of the refusal to participate in the practice of sexual jihad.”
Jihad eh-nikah, or sexual jihad, is the term used to describe the practice of women volunteering themselves sexually to jihadi fighters to boost their morale and desire to continue fighting to establish an Islamic state.
One year ago, when the Islamic State swept through Mosul in a lightning takeover, posters appeared in the city stating, “We call upon the people of this county to bring their unmarried girls so they can fulfill their duty in sex jihad for their warrior brothers in the city and anyone who will not appear will feel the full force of the sharia [Islamic law] upon him.”
Reports in the city at the time indicated Islamic State fighters went door-to-door, entering houses, killing the men and raping the women.
It remains unclear in this case why the 19 girls were executed rather than simply taken and raped, as has been the case in every location the Islamic State has seized.
The executions came on the heels of the killing of 2,000 soldiers, police forces and staff of the electoral commission, according to Kurdish sources. Ghiyath Surji, another party spokesperson, said the Islamic State named the victims but had told their relatives not to request their bodies for burial.
The killings were carried out over a two-week period.