ISIS members reportedly beheaded a 15-year-old boy in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul for listening to western pop music.
Ayham Hussein was found listening to a CD player in his father’s shop, reported the Jerusalem Post, citing Kurdish media sources.
Hussein was detained by ISIS fighters and reportedly beaten. He was then brought before a local Sharia court, which issued a death sentence.
The beheading was carried out in a public square Feb. 16 and the boy’s body was subsequently returned to his family.
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Local residents were reportedly angered by the treatment of the boy, and a protest took place at the family’s house.
On Feb. 11, ISIS reportedly publicly stoned four women to death who had been accused of adultery.
A large crowd gathered in the Mosul's central square for the execution a day after ISIS forces caught the women during a raid.
“The statement of the Sharia court regarding the case of those four women has avoided mentioning the men who have been involved in the alleged adultery,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA. “Apparently, the victims have been raped by ISIS jihadis and then stoned to death on charges of committing adultery.”
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Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq and was captured by ISIS in June 2014.
The U.S. and its allies, including Canada and Germany, have troops in the region training Kurdish forces and Iraqi army units with the aim of retaking the city in the coming months.
A senior U.S. Army official said that parts of the Iraqi army’s 15th division moved into Kurdistan over recent days, according to The Washington Post. Kurdish fighters on the front line of battle do not expect an offensive to conquer the city to begin soon because the Iraqi army is still fighting ISIS forces elsewhere in the country.
Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi stated in a recent Reuters interview that the Iraqi army would be ready to launch an offensive on Mosul in the first half of the year.