ISIS is Using an All-Women Brigade to Enforce Sharia Law in Syria

Women police other women
ISIS is Using an All-Women Brigade to Enforce Sharia Law in Syria

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by Taylor Wofford | Newsweek | July 30, 2014


“Jihad is not a man-only duty. Women must do their part as well,” Abu Ahmad, a spokesman for ISIS in Syria told Syria Deeply.

In the city of Raqqa, where last week ISIS ambushed and killed more than 50 Syrian soldiers, the Sunni militant group has established an all-female unit tasked with policing other women under ISIS’s rigid interpretation of Sharia law.

“[T]he brigade raided the city’s Hamida Taher Girls School and arrested 10 students, two teachers and a secretary on the grounds that some of them were wearing veils that were too thin. Others were accused of wearing hair clips under the veil, pinning them in a way that showed too much of their faces,” activist Abu al-Hamza told Syria Deeply.

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