Islamic State stones women, threatens US

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WASHINGTON, August 9, 2014 — Even as America is conducting military airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq, reports that Islamic State jihadi fighters have stoned to death a young woman accused of adultery have been verified by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

On July 18, the woman, clad head to toe in black, was placed in a hole and as residents gathered, fighters told them to carry out her sentence – death by stoning. The Islamic State (IS) has declared an Islamic “caliphate” over the lands of Syria and Iraq.

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa on June 30, 2014, allegedly shows a member of the IS (Islamic state) militant group parading in a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa
An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa on June 30, 2014, allegedly shows a member of the IS (Islamic state) militant group parading in a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa

“The Islamic State carried out its first sentence of death by stoning against a woman in Tabaqa, accusing her of adultery,” said the Britain-based Observatory.

To their credit, the citizens did not pick up the stones; however that did not save the woman’s life.


The jihadi fighters, described as foreign extremists, stoned Faddah Ahmad to death. The stoning took place after dark. “Even when she was hit with stones she did not scream or move,” said Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi an opposition activist who said he witnessed the death.


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Raqqawi said he could not see blood on the body because of the black clothes she was wearing and that Ahmad died silently. “They then took the dead body in one of their cars and left,” he said. Raqqawi also says Ahmad appeared to be unconscious and that she may have been first taken to a hospital where she was given anesthesia.

Ms. Ahmad, who is reported to have been a widow, was the second stoning in 24 hours. Earlier, 26-year-old Shamseh Abdullah was stoned in Tabqa by Islamic State fighters for having sex outside marriage.

One unnamed witness said that in the Tabqa stoning, residents also refused to take part, and that the act was carried out by Islamic State members.

The U.S. Embassy in Syria, in a statement posted on its Twitter account, condemned the “barbaric stoning” of a woman in Tabqa. International human rights groups did not report the stoning, and Human Rights Watch said it had no independent confirmation.

Jihadis from the Islamic State group have captured large pieces of territory in Northern Syria where they are terrorizing residents who fail to live up to their strict interpretation of Islamic laws. 14-year-old boy was tied to a cross-like structure and left him for several hours in the scorching summer sun, punishment for not fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


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Reported atrocities by the Islamic State include beheading children who they declare as Apostates. Other children as young as six and seven are being recruited, and brainwashed, by the Islamic State jihadis (see video below).

This undated file photo posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from extremist Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. Activists have reported two cases of stoning this month in the Syrian northern province of Raqqa. The first case of stoning occurred in the town of Tabqa. A day after the July 17, 2014, stoning of Shamseh Mohammed Abdullah, 26, Faddah al-Sayed Ahmad was stoned to death in the provincial capital of Raqqa. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center, File)
This undated file photo posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from extremist Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. Activists have reported two cases of stoning this month in the Syrian northern province of Raqqa. The first case of stoning occurred in the town of Tabqa. A day after the July 17, 2014, stoning of Shamseh Mohammed Abdullah, 26, Faddah al-Sayed Ahmad was stoned to death in the provincial capital of Raqqa. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center, File)

Shiite Muslims and others whom the jihadis categorize as apostates are also targets. In Iraq, Islamic State militants have driven members of the Yazidi religious minority out of a string of towns and villages, prompting President Obama to send airstrikes and humanitarian relief.

 


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Kamil Amin, the spokesman for Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry, reports that hundreds of Yazidi women under the age of 35 are being held by the Islamic State group in schools in Iraq’s second largest city Mosul.

“People were shocked and couldn’t understand what was going on. Many were disturbed by the idea that Saudis and Tunisians were issuing (such) orders,” Raqqawi said in an interview via Skype.

The two cases were first reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which collects information through a network of activists around the country. Bassam Al-Ahmad, a spokesman for the Violations Documentation Center, a Syrian group that tracks human rights violations, also confirmed the stoning.

The Islamic State group is demanding residents follow extremely restrictive rules, most which make women and girls particularly vulnerable.

“This is just a more sort of extreme manifestation of those restrictive rules that are all in violation of international” human rights law, Al-Ahmad said.

The Hazm Movement, a  northern Syria rebel group confirmed the stonings did take place saying they “contradict the principals of the revolution.”

“The world should know that every day they delay real support to active moderate groups is direct support to extremist factions,” the group said in response to written questions from The Associated Press.

President Obama is under criticism for not having reacted to the growing threat of ISIS, delaying a response while waiting for the Iraqi government and others to control the surge of the jihadi movement and for now declaring what he will, and won’t do in combating the group.


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In response to Obama sending military strikes against it, IS has issued a pointed threat to the United States:

“I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established,” Abu Mosa, a spokesman for IS told VICE Media in a video interview posted online Thursday. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq.”

“We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House,” he added.

 Bassem Mroue, AFP / AP provided information for this report.

 

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  • Bob

    In Beirut?!?!? Beirut is the capital of Lebanon, a cosmopolitan city with a rich mixture of cultures, where a stoning like this wouldn’t happen without intervention by the police. IS currently has no power in Beirut itself and very little in the rest of Lebanon. And Lebanon itself, while influenced by the raging civil war next door, has managed to keep things from exploding into chaos.

    Tabaqa is in Syria, which *is* experiencing a war. Saying Tabaqa and Beirut are the same is the same as saying Dawson Creek, British Columbia is the same as New York City. Please, please verify locations before posting these kinds of stories.

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  • Tony Burtois

    This did not happen in Beirut. At least, no reports in local press and would not happen there without police/bystander intervention, ISIS does not have this type of influence or control in Beirut. Please do a better job of fact checking.

    • Jock40

      Bob and Tony: You express outrage that the writer gets the location wrong but say not a word about the crime itself, which was barbarous, horrendous. A poor woman’s life was ended in a hole beneath a hail of stones and rocks — yet all you’re concerned about is the geography. The world’s gone mad!

      • Beiruti

        Jock40: This article has no validity whatever since the write obviously did not verify his/her sources, but still you choose to take it for granted. I am not saying this did not happen (and most likely it did), but please verify your news source first.
        And it goes without saying that acts like these are condemned, are you serious asking?

        • Alek

          Myself, I don’t believe it does go without saying, not in today’s world. Many people care only about themselves and don’t know what the word compassion means. Some people for example say that the US should not intervene against ISIS. They say that it’s just the refugees’ bad luck to be alive in these times and it has nothing to do with the US if they are crucified and their kids’ heads are lopped off. They are more worried about taxpayers money than the lives of innocents. To hell with such heartless attitudes.

      • Bob

        Jock40, the crime is horrendous, brutal and barbarous. Please don’t take my comment as condoning what’s happened in any way. The problem is that I live in Beirut, so when I see this article showing up in my Google News feed, my immediate reaction is to plan an immediate departure. Imagine how you’d feel if you read a news article saying that this had happened in New York or Georgia. Geography is important.

    • Huge mea culpa. It was reported from Beirut and it missed my obvious lack of detail. I apologize. I stand behind the other details however. Isis is threatening Beiruit, which is located in Lebanon, on the Mediterranean sea. My extreme apologies for the error.

      • Bob

        Thanks much for fixing the article. As a Lebanon resident, I would disagree on how much of a real threat ISIS is to Lebanon and especially Beirut, but I do appreciate the level of detail in the article.

        PS I’m assuming you deleted my previous post because it (and these) are from a false email address. My apologies, but I do need to be careful.

  • yaakovwatkins

    It would appear that the IS, in their own way, has declared war on the US. Which would make it legal under international law, to attack them.