ISIS Fans Single Out Women In Freed Town For Burning Their Niqabs
After two years, the Syrian town is finally free from ISIS and its hardline doctrine.
ISIS supporters are annoyed they can see these women’s faces
By Gilad Shiloach
Aug 15, 2016 at 6:42 AM ET
For supporters of the Islamic State watching the offensive in Manbij that freed the Syrian city from its grip, nothing irked them more than the sight of the once captive female population tearing off and burning their niqabs, the black, head-to-toe covering worn by the most conservative Muslim women. Not the images of men cutting off their mandatory beards, or the victorious fighters (men and women) being welcomed with open arms into the city after two years of life under ISIS.
Users on ISIS forums circulated the images of the disrobing women with declarations that ISIS “should exterminate these whores,” Vocativ has found. Others on the sites wrote “these are some of the whores you find in every city in the world, even in Saudi Arabia.”
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced over the weekend a full liberation of the strategic city after more than two months of battle. Nearly 100,000 civilians were displaced in the fighting and more than 400 were killed. The city is located 25 miles south of the Syrian-Turkish border and is considered a key hub for ISIS supply routes for weapons and foreign fighters.
Most of the anger from ISIS supporters on the group’s forum and on Telegram was directed at the women, who were also pictured smoking cigarettes. In areas under its control the terror group has imposed a strict dress code for both women and men in its territories, and banned the selling, buying or consumption of cigarettes.
“Don’t be surprised if the Crusader west will highlight these impure women and will make them appear as heroes of freedom and of the rights of whoredom,” one user wrote.
Another said the pictures were “saddening, this is the freedom the West wants for you.” Still others insisted the images were fake, and were actually Kurdish women being used to “tarnish ISIS’ image and show that citizens hate the Caliphate.” Several ISIS-related groups on Telegram asked members not to share the pictures at all.
However, some supporters tried to be positive about the developments. “When I see the whores burn the niqab and smoke cigarettes and the pimp shaving his beard, my heart is sure that it is a preparation for a big victory from Allah. This is a period of cleansing the line of residents, not the lines of Mujahideen.”