ISIS female police reportedly killed a Syrian mother for breast-feeding her crying son underneath a burqa in public, the latest in a series of brutal punishments to uphold public morality.
She was accused of "violating public decency,” The Sunday Times reports.
“An [ISIS] policewoman took the baby, gave it to another woman, and then killed the mother,” said the witness, identified only as Aisha.
The Al-Khansaa Brigade, ISIS policewoman in the group's self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, reportedly mutilated the woman before killing her.
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Dressed in black burqas and armed with weapons, these policewomen patrol the capital's streets, perform brutal beatings and spy on citizens.
The group strongly believes women should obey men by, for example, remaining “hidden and veiled” when in public.
But this was not always the case; some of the brigade members in many ways are consequences of the ISIS Syria invasion and indoctrination.
A former Al-Khansaa Brigade member, Umm Abaid, revealed in an interview with Britain's Channel 4 how some of the brigade did not hold these beliefs until ISIS invaded.
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She describes her normal life, stating "I went to school, to coffee shops ... but slowly, slowly my husband [a Saudi Arabian ISIS fighter killed in a suicide bomb attack] convinced me about Islamic State and its ideas. I joined the brigade and was responsible for enforcing the clothing regulations. Anyone who broke the rules, we would lash."
Other members of the brigade come from overseas. One of the group's key leaders, 20-year-old Aqsa Mahmood, is from the U.K., while others are from various European countries as well North Africa and other Middle Eastern countries.
Experts cite a variety of reasons why these women have joined, from feelings of inequality and alienation abroad to romance.
“The perceived failure of Western states to give Muslims a sense of belonging, purpose and value as Muslims and citizens is striking in the online accounts of these women jihadis,” Katherine Brown, a lecturer at King’s College London wrote for the BBC.
According to ABC News, Mia Bloom, a professor at the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at UMass Lowell, says many of these members are also lured in via social media by “fantasy” and “the feeling that by joining ISIS, they will be empowered ... and do something meaningful with their lives.”