A high kill count has become a bragging point for many of those fighting for the Islamic State, and one ISIS militant is suspected of being responsible for one of the largest mass kilings carried out on behalf of the group thus far. According to the Daily Mail, Abu Anas Al-Libi is suspected for single-handedly killing at least 150 Iraqi individuals, all of whom are women or young girls. Many of the women are also Yazidi, the religious minority that’s been specifically targeted during many of ISIS’s attacks.
The motive behind Al-Libi’s killings reportedly stems from the fact that the women refused to enter into marriages with ISIS fighters. The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights confirmed the mass killing in a statement, which reads, “At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage.” The statement also claims that “many families were also forced to migrate from the province’s northern town of Al-Wafa after hundreds of residents received death threats.”
These women that are forced to marry the jihadist militants are largely understood to be treated essentially as sex slaves. There is reportedly even a manual published by the Research and Fatwa Department of ISIS that explains the guidelines for buying and selling women, as well as giving them to other fighters as gifts. The guidebook also states that the enslavement of Muslim women is illegal, and specifies that “unbelieving” women should be the primary targets. As The Independent notes, misinformation about ISIS has previously been spread in an attempt to undermine the group, and the validity of the guidebook has not yet been confirmed. Nonetheless, the persecution of non-Muslim individuals in Iraq continues as ISIS’s movement grows stronger and spreads throughout the region.
Sources: The Daily Mail, The Independent
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