ISIS soldier: Rape of Yazidi women ‘is normal’

Reuters has an interview with a captured ISIS Muslim fighter who nonchalantly and confidently assures us that rape jihad and sex slavery is considered “normal” — and according to Islamic mores and traditions, it is.

This jihadi considers it so routine, mundane even, that he defend its when speaking to journalists. Even the New York Times did a comprehensive piece on the theology of rape. The lengthy piece explains how the Islamic State cites Islamic theology to justify its brutal acts, claiming that the Koran “condones and encourages” raping women if they are not true believers of Islam.Rape of Yazidi women

he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her. When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion.

“I kept telling him it hurts — please stop,” said the girl, whose body is so small an adult could circle her waist with two hands. “He told me that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God”
Islamic State militant Amar Hussein says he reads the Koran all day in his tiny jail cell to become a better person. He also says he raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, and shows few regrets…

Hussein said his emirs, or local Islamic State commanders, gave him and others a green light to rape as many Yazidi and other women as they wanted.

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Hussein said he moved from house to house in several Iraqi cities raping women from the Yazidi sect and other minorities at a time when Islamic State was grabbing more and more territory from Iraqi security forces.
Joh Sexton writes: Hussein’s Kurdish captors say they have evidence he raped women but don’t know the scale of his crimes. Reuters can’t confirm his story given that his victims are scattered across a war zone, but there is little doubt that what Hussein describes could be true. In August 2015 the New York Times reported on ISIS’ “theology of rape” which was being used by the group as a recruiting tool:

A total of 5,270 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144 are still being held, according to community leaders. To handle them, the Islamic State has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts. And the practice has become an established recruiting tool to lure men from deeply conservative Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating is forbidden.

A growing body of internal policy memos and theological discussions has established guidelines for slavery, including a lengthy how-to manual issued by the Islamic State Research and Fatwa Department just last month. Repeatedly, the ISIS leadership has emphasized a narrow and selective reading of the Quran and other religious rulings to not only justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each sexual assault as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous.

“Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,” said F, a 15-year-old girl who was captured on the shoulder of Mount Sinjar one year ago and was sold to an Iraqi fighter in his 20s.
In addition to the hundreds of rapes he says he committed, Hussein claims he killed as many as 500 people, “seven, eight, ten at a time.” He says he and other ISIS soldiers led captives into the desert and shot them. Last August, the Associated Press identified at least 72 mass graves, the smallest of which had 3 bodies while the largest may have had thousands.

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