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Mystery Assassins Target ISIS’ Brutal Women’s Brigade

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Unknown armed men have been attacking ISIS women within Mosul, the largest city controlled by ISIS. Although ISIS controls large swathes of territory, it is far from pacified.

“An armed unknown group attacked one of the offices of Khansa women’s organization of ISIS in the area of new Mosul,” media officer of the Democratic Kurdish Party in Mosul, Saeed Mamuzini told Al-Sumaria News on Sunday. “The attack led to the deaths of six female members of the organization. The women of ISIS are active in recruiting other women to work within the organization.”

He added “Last week three Khansa women were killed during an armed attack in the neighborhood of Babel in Mosul.”

The ­Khansa brigade is feared for its brutality. In Raqqa the brigade was reported to be using a device called ‘the biter’ to savage the breasts of women caught breastfeeding publicly or insufficiently veiled.

ISIS responds to any disobedience with harsh and immediate punishment. “ISIS armed men kidnapped 40 citizens from the public markets in the middle of Mosul for failure to grow their beards, in violation of ISIS instructions," a local source in Nineveh province told Al-Sumaria News on Sunday. "The fighters led the kidnapped citizens to one of the prisons."

The source, who wanted to remain anonymous, added “the people of the organization also whipped five citizens for smoking.” 

Watch this interview with a former member of the Al-Khansa brigade.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org