Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman whose family was massacred by the Islamic State terror group while she was kept as a sex slave before she managed to escape and later testify before the U.N. about the genocide of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, has been awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize in Strasbourg on Monday.
The Independent reported that Murad, 23, who was initially captured by IS in 2014 and subjected to severe sexual and physical abuse, has been speaking out on the plight of minorities ever since, urging world leaders to do more to protect persecuted people.
The Havel Award, named after a former Czech president, honors outstanding action in defense of human rights, and carries with it a $66,000 prize. more >>
A new law introduced by the Islamic State terror group in Iraq says keeping cats as pet is banned within its territories in the city of Mosul, as the practice goes against the group's "vision, ideology and beliefs."
Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, has instructed its militants to carry out search operations for cats and kittens in homes in Mosul, according to Israel's Arutz Sheva media, which said the news on the law appeared on ISIS media.
Mosul is the largest city under ISIS occupation in Iraq, and local residents have been warned not to violate the law or oppose the soldiers searching for cats, it added. more >>
The Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria has reportedly released a "top 10" video list of sorts highlighting the executions and human rights abuses it carried out in the month of September, all in an effort to scare its enemies.
Heavy.com, which reports on terror and violence stories, shared a number of the videos that made the list, which show IS prisoners being executed in a variety of different ways.
As Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are systematically sexually enslaving and physically abusing women, at least one anonymous woman in the group's stronghold in Iraq has reportedly taken it upon herself to kill the jihadis.
According to Iraqi News, it was reported on Monday that two IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) militants were killed by a veiled woman in Mosul.
The news site reports that the killing of the two jihadis by a woman wearing a veil is the third of such incidents to occur in the region in the past month. more >>
As the Islamic State terrorist organization continues to suffer setbacks in Iraq, the militant outfit has employed another brutal method to punish fighters caught fleeing the battlefield.
The Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency reports that an unnamed security source in the Nineveh province told the Iraqi news outlet al-Sumaria last Friday that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) tortured 25 of its own militants caught leaving the battlefield while fighting against Iraqi forces in Mosul by mutilating their ears.
According to the source, the militants were first detained in a prison in central Mosul. Then, they were taken to a hospital in the city, where they each had the upper part of one of their ears cut off. IS leaders reportedly threatened to cut off both of their ears if any of them were caught fleeing the battlefield again. more >>
A 39-year-old housewife in Iraq, who leads a tribal militia and has been fighting Islamic State for years, says in a media interview that she has beheaded fighters from the terror group, cooked their heads and posted the pictures on her Facebook page.
"I fought them. I beheaded them. I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies," Wahida Mohamed, also known as Um Hanadi and who carries a Beretta 9-millimeter pistol with her, tells CNN. "This is all documented. You can see it on my Facebook page," adds Hanadi, who leads a force of around 70 men in the area of Sharqat in Salah al-Din province, a town 50 miles south of Mosul.
The mother of two daughters says she started fighting terrorists in 2004, working with government and coalition forces. She has received death threats from Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. "But I refused. I'm at the top of their most wanted list even more than the prime minister," she says, adding that terrorists killed her first and second husbands, her father and three brothers. more >>