ISIS Brides Are Enforcing Caliphate Rules in Refugee Camp — Beating Women Who Remove Their Niqabs
ISIS brides are reportedly enforcing strict caliphate rules in the al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria.
According to the Guardian the ISIS brides are beating women who remove their niqabs.
The ISIS women are known for their savage treatment of their peers.
Female ISIS militants published a manifesto recently hoping to draw more girls and women to the Caliphate. The manifesto says it’s acceptable for girls to marry at nine years-old but that 15 and 16 was preferable – when they are “still young and active.”
As ISIS makes its last stand in the Syrian village of Baghouz, thousands of women and children have been pouring into the al-Hawl refugee camp in the northern part of the country. Among the refugees are wives of ISIS fighters who, according to the Guardian, have taken it upon themselves to enforce strict caliphate rules.
“In recent days, many woman said they only left because the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ordered them to do so to make it easier for the men to fight,” the Guardian reports, adding that “senior-ranked wives” have been stealing from and beating other women who take off their niqabs. When a leaking gas canister sparked a fire, rumors began to spread that an ISIS sleeper cell had deliberately set the fire in order to free the refugees.
Though some women in the camp continue to express allegiance to the militant group, others are eager to leave that world behind. Shamima Begum, a British teenager who infamously ran away to marry Islamic State fighter and has since expressed a desire to return home, was among the ISIS wives in al-Hawl. She was recently forced to move with her newborn after being threatened, reportedly because she had not been properly veiled and had been showing her face in TV interviews.