Sunday 17 February 2019

Thousands of Yazidis sold as sex slaves, say Isil

Yezidis hold banners during a recent demonstration in Brussels against Islamic State's sale of women into the sex trade. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Yezidis hold banners during a recent demonstration in Brussels against Islamic State's sale of women into the sex trade. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Richard Spencer

Islamic State jihadis have given detailed theological reasons justifying why they have taken thousands of women from the Iraqi Yazidi minority and sold them into sex slavery.

A new article in the Islamic State English-language online magazine 'Dabi'q not only admits the practice, but justifies it according to the theological rulings of early Islam.

"After capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the Sharia amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated," the article says. It says there is a difference between women from Muslim sects the jihadis regard as heretical, who can be considered as "apostates", and the so-called mushrikin - polytheists and pagans.

"Their women could be enslaved, unlike female apostates."

The women were seized when the group swept across parts of northern Iraq in early August. When the jihadis attacked areas occupied by Yazidis, the West's attention focused on the tens of thousands of refugees who crowded on to the barren hills of nearby Mount Sinjar, before they were rescued by Kurdish fighters. But thousands more were surrounded and captured in nearby towns and villages.

Hostages

The article does not specify that they are to be used as sex slaves, but later on equates them with "concubines".

The newsletter, released online at the weekend, also contains an article by John Cantlie, a British journalist being held hostage, in which he says he fears he will soon be killed like his four fellow hostages, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Alan Henning.

But most of it is devoted to theological justifications for Islamic State (Isil) behaviour, citing early clerics and the practices of the Prophet Mohammed and his companions during the early years of Islamic expansion. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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