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How the Islamic State Justifies Kidnapping Non-Muslim Women as Sex Slaves


"...spoils of war."

Image source: Tarek Fatah

Islamic State militants use their interpretation of Muslim theology to justify kidnapping non-Muslim women as sex slaves, CNN reported.

"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 group said in an online magazine published Sunday, CNN added.

Image source: Tarek Fatah Image source: Tarek Fatah

The title of the article in question? "The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour," which refers to Judgment Day, CNN noted.

The fourth edition of the group's English-language digital magazine Dabiq said that female members of the Yazidi sect, an ethnically Kurdish minority living mostly in Iraq, may legitimately be captured and forcibly made concubines or sexual slaves, CNN reported.

The Islamic State forced scores of Yazidis to flee their homes in August during an offensive in Iraqi Kurdistan, CNN noted, adding that in the aftermath hundreds of Yazidi women and girls, many of whom were sold or given away to militants as "spoils of war."

The glossy Dabiq is a "propaganda magazine aimed at recruiting jihadists from the West," according to Tarek Fatah, a Canadian journalist and moderate Muslim.

This latest issue titled "The Failed Crusade" also includes an alleged copy of slain American journalist Steven Sotloff's last letter to his mother and claims his Jewish identity justified the Islamic State beheading him, CNN added.

British journalist John Cantlie, another Islamic State captive, allegedly wrote the last section of the magazine, noting he expects to be killed soon "unless something changes very quickly and very radically," CNN reported.

The Islamic State's magazine issue coincided with a Human Rights Watch report on crimes committed by the terrorist group against the Yazidis in Iraq based on interviews with 76 displaced people in Dohuk, CNN said:

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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