As woman fighter leads Kurds in Syria's Kobane, ISIS justifies sex slavery as part of Sharia

Even as reports of women being turned into sex slaves by the ISIS seek to spread menace and terror, it's none other than a woman who is leading the valiant Kurdish fighters staking their lives to defend the flashpoint town of Ayn al-Arab, Kobane, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Oct 13, 2014, 15:16 PM IST
As woman fighter leads Kurds in Syria's Kobane, ISIS justifies sex slavery as part of Sharia

London: Even as a flood of reports of women being tortured and turned into sex slaves by the ISIS seek to spread menace and terror, it's none other than a woman who is leading the valiant Kurdish fighters staking their lives to defend the flashpoint town of Ayn al-Arab, Kobane in Syria.

According to a UK-based monitor named Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as Kurdish fighters are engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIS monsters to save Kobane, they are being led by a 40-year-old woman.

“A woman named Mayssa Abdo, and known by the nom-de-guerre of Narin Afrin, along with Mahmud Barkhodan is leading Kurds fighting the Islamic State," the AFP quoted Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman.

Women fighters have traditionally been an integral part of Kurdish forces.

Earlier on Oct 5, another Kurdish woman became the first suicide bomber to have blown herself away amidst a pool of IS fighters, killing dozens of them.

Meanwhile, the ISIS in an online publication named 'Dabiq', has sought to justify the heinous act of sex slavery, by branding it as a part of Islamic theology, the CNN reported.

In an article named "The revival (of) slavery before the Hour," the barbaric group refers to Judgment Day and says that it was a "firmly established" element of the Shariah (Islamic Law) to enslave the families of infidels.

"One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar -- the infidels -- and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, or Islamic law," the ISIS writes in the magazine.

The ISIS released the 4th issue of English magazine Dabiq on Sunday, in which it also discusses what it called “failed Crusade,”. The ISIS magazine also features a message from slain American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff to his mother, as well as a message allegedly from British captive John Cantlie, reported the SITE monitoring group.