Syria: The decapitated bodies of two girls are found in a camp housing Islamic State families

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“When you meet the disbelievers, strike their necks…” (Quran 47:4)

These girls were probably accused of something that their attackers felt had made them disbelievers. “And it is not fitting that a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have resolved a matter, should claim something to say about the matter, and whoever is rebellious against Allah and His Messenger, indeed he goes astray in blatant error. .” (Quran 33:36)

If they rejected something that Allah and his messenger had established, they were misguided and therefore could be killed.

“Bodies of 2 girls found in Syrian camp housing Islamic State families,” by Bassem Mroue, Associated Press, Nov. 15, 2022:

BEIRUT (AP) — The headless bodies of two Egyptian girls were found Tuesday in a sprawling camp in northeast Syria that is home to tens of thousands of women and children linked to the Islamic State group, an opposition war monitor and local officials.

The bodies of the girls were found in the camp’s sewage system days after they went missing, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The group said the girls had been beheaded. It was the first such crime in weeks at the facility.

A camp official who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation said the girls were 11 and 13 years old.

Siamand Ali, an official with the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, confirmed the killings.

Such grisly crimes in the camp are often committed by members of Islamic State sleeper cells, especially against women who resist abiding by the group’s extreme ideology. The Observatory, Ali and the camp official blamed the Islamic State.

“This is another extremely sad reminder of how bad conditions are. We continue our pleas for all parties to do what they can to improve the situation there,” said Farhan Haq, deputy UN spokesman, when asked about the incident. “And of course this must be condemned and fully investigated.”

The killings are the first since US-backed Syrian fighters wrapped up a 24-day raid on al-Hol in mid-September, during which dozens of extremists were detained and weapons seized in the operation. The operation came after Islamic State sleeper cells committed crimes inside the camp.

Following the rise of the Islamic State in 2014 and its declaration of an Islamic caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq, thousands of men and women came from around the world to join the extremist group. IS lost the last piece of land it once controlled in eastern Syria in March 2019, but its sleeper cells have since been blamed for deadly attacks in Syria and Iraq…

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