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QAMISHLI – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) have executed six Iraqi women in Anbar province, local sources reported on Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses confirmed to ARA News that the victims have been executed on charges of having sons fighting in the ranks of the Iraqi army –which is in conflict with ISIS.
“Six women, some of them older than 60, have been brutally shot dead by ISIS terrorists in front of a crowd of people in the Hit district,” an eyewitness said under the condition of anonymity.
“Daesh (ISIS) has also executed four Arab tribal leaders and a number of children in public in the same district last week, claiming their family members have joined the Iraqi army,” he said.
Speaking to ARA News in Duhok, Iraqi civil rights activist Ahmed Mahmoud said that ISIS’ strategy of killing, raping and torturing is aimed to terrorize its opponents in the region.
“The barbarian group has used all means of brutality in order to expand its power in Iraq, preventing people from joining the ranks of the army and the mostly Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces, that are fighting the group,” he added.
In August, ISIS has brutally murdered 12 Christians, including a 12-year-old boy, three women and seven aid workers in northwestern Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam, local activists told ARA News.
In the meantime, the radical group has beheaded a 22-year old girl in the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor for “talking disparagingly” about ISIS on the social media.
The victim was executed on charges of igniting hostility against the ISIS self-declared caliphate, according to activists.
The terror group has reportedly executed more than 10,000 civilians, including women and children, in Iraq and Syria since June 2014.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News