Amanda Williams, Daily Mail (London), September 11, 2014
Thousands of Iraqi women are being forced into sex slavery in brothels run by a ‘police force’ of British women jihadis, it has been reported.
As many as 3,000 women and girls have been taken captive from the Yazidi tribe in Iraq as Isis militants continue their reign of terror across the region.
Sources now say that British female jihadis operating a religious police force called the al-Khanssaa brigade, that punishes women for ‘un-Islamic’ behaviour, have set up brothels to for the use of Isis fighters.
A source told the Mirror: ‘These women are using barbaric interpretations of the Islamic faith to justify their actions.
‘They believe the militants can use these women as they please as they are non-Muslims. It is the British women who have risen to the top of the Islamic State’s sharia police and now they are in charge of this operation.
‘It is as bizarre as it is perverse.’
The think tank MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institution) released a report saying that IS had taken many Yazidi women to be sold and used as sex slaves.
The al-Khanssaa brigade is a female-only militia set up by the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria, with a key figure believed to be Aqsa Mahmood, 20, of Glasgow, who fled to the country last year.
Academics at King’s College London have identified three other British females as members of the group–and say there are about 60 UK women who have gone to Syria on jihad.
Most of these women–including privately-educated Mahmood–are aged between 18 and 24, with al-Khanssaa said to be seeking out people engaging in Western culture in Raqqa.
It is believed that US hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff were both beheaded in the desert near Raqqa–and therefore the British women in al-Khanssaa could know who killed them.
Melanie Smith, a research associate at King’s College’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, told journalists Robert Mendick and Robert Verkaik of The Sunday Telegraph: ‘Al-Khanssaa is a sharia law police brigade. This is Isis’s female law enforcement.
‘We think it’s a mixture of British and French women but its social media accounts are run by the British and they are written in English.
‘Given how small the community networks are–we know there are about 500 male British jihadis out there–it is quite likely these women move in the same circles as the British killer of Foley and Sotloff.’
Confusion reigns over the identity of the Islamic State executioner known as ‘Jihadi John’ after security experts last week appeared to dismiss suggestions he was a former rapper from London.
The masked man, who speaks with a clear London accent, was originally thought to be ‘hip hop jihadist’ Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, but it is now understood to be another man.
British women are reportedly being given major roles within al-Khanssaa because Islamic State chiefs see them as the most committed of the foreign female jihadis.
The Daily Mail reported yesterday how a growing band of young women have left their families in Britain to join the jihadi cause in Syria.
Many have formed ‘intense friendships’ in the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. Academics at King’s College said they have seen ‘a big uptake’ in the number of UK women going to Syria.
Among them are Salma and Zahra Halane, 16, twins from Manchester, and mother Khadijah Dare, 22, who is married to a Swedish jihadist.
Another is Muslim convert Sally Jones, 45, from Chatham, Kent, an unemployed mother who has ranted online about how she wants to behead Christians with a ‘blunt knife’.