Islamic State (ISIS) forces in their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa are forcing girls as young as nine in to sex slavery, and executing anyone accused of apostasy, according to a Daily Mail report.
One 17-year-old boy was executed for taking photographs of an ISIS base. A hand-written placard around his neck asserted that this amounted to apostasy.
Many of these executions are carried out at weekly ceremonies in the main square after Friday prayers, Daily Mail reported.
“It is like a waterfall of blood,” Abu Ibrahim, a Raqqa resident, explained to Daily Mail. “There are more and more executions and now the children watch like they are used to it.”
Considerable efforts are being made to indoctrinate children.
“They are poisoning the minds of our children,” one activist said. “They take them to a place called the Sharia Camp for Lion Cubs. They accuse their parents of being enemies of God if they are against the Islamic State.”
When they took over the city last year, Islamic State also put up posters demanding that families give up their young girls.
“We call upon the people of this county to bring their unmarried girls so they can fulfil their duty in sex jihad for their warrior brothers in the city and anyone who will not appear will feel the full force of the sharia [Islamic law] upon him,” the posters read, according to Daily Mail.
An ISIS manifesto proclaimed that a girl can be married at the age of nine, adding, “It is permissible to have intercourse with a female slave who has not reached puberty.”
Most of this information has been obtained thanks to Raqqa Is Silently Being Slaughtered, an activist group whose members are risking their lives to smuggle pictures and documents out of the city.
However, ISIS’ control may be coming under threat. According to the Daily Telegraph, Kurdish forces have launched a new offensive in Raqqa province which has brought them to within 30 miles of the stronghold.
ISIS reacted by expelling all Kurds from Raqqa earlier this week.
“They put red marks on our houses, reading: 'Islamic State properties'," stated Jewan Ali, who managed to escape to the Kurdish city of Kobane.
According to the Telegraph, the ISIS statement claimed that the offensive by the Kurdish armed groups had “made it clear for us that you are cooperating with the Crusader coalition.”
“Based on this, and in order to prevent a clash between you and us, as a result of the actions of your fools, we are asking you to leave Raqqa within 72 hours.,” the statement continued.