Reportedly holding thousands of girls and women as hostages, areas under the control of Islamic State group are said to be some of the cruelest places in the world to be a woman. Reports say women are severely punished if their eyes are visible, and that women living under the regime are routinely gang-raped and sold into marriages.
One man is doing all he can to help these women.
Khaleel al-Dakhi, a lawyer, saw Islamic State group brutally attack Mount Sinjar in August 2014 and kidnap the women of the town in the largest kidnapping of the 21st century. One month later, al-Dakhi set off to work to recover the women, reports The Telegraph.
After compiling a list of all the missing from Mount Sinjar, al-Dakhi had more than 3,000 names, but he didn't know how he would rescue them. Then, just by luck, a group of girls managed to escape from Islamic State group on their own and were able to provide him with information on the territory.
Working continuously with a vast network of more than 100 spies and allies living within the Islamic State’s territory, al-Dakhi has been able to save more than 500 girls and women from the extremist regime. His work is extremely dangerous. Already three of his associates have been killed by Islamic State group for helping women escape. Nonetheless, al-Dakhi has not been subdued.
“Of course my life is in danger, but I have to rescue our girls and our women," he told The Telegraph. "When I rescue one person from (Islamic State group), I feel that I've had one victory against the terrorists.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. recently announced it is training just 60 Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State group. Although 5,400 fighters were originally promised, the final number left many disappointed and concerned.
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona remarked, "Our means and our current level of effort are not aligned with our ends. That suggests we are not winning, and when you are not winning in war, you are losing," reports The Telegraph.
Yet despite these setbacks with the U.S., al-Dakhi remains hopeful for the future.
“There are many spies inside the (Islamic State group) area who are giving us information and many friends over there helping,” he said. “(Islamic State group) aren’t becoming more dangerous, they’re becoming weak.”