In ‘first’, IS beheads two women in Syria

The observatory, which is affiliated to Syria’s foreign-backed opposition, has recorded more than 3,000 executions carried out by ISIL in Syria since last June.


The Islamic State group has beheaded civilian women for the first time since taking control of large swathes of Syria and Iraq, a human rights watchdog group said Tuesday.

The Islamic State group has become infamous for gruesome executions and is reported to have stoned women to death on allegations of adultery. The victims have been killed in the cities of al-Mayadeen and Deir al-Zor. About 80 of those executed are said to have been children.

Recently, an IS group killed 15 who before being executed claimed to be Iraqi spies.

The town had been a crucial ISIS supply hub and stronghold for around a year before Kurdish forces expelled them.

Hasaka has been divided into areas run separately by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and regional Kurdish authorities, and has an ethnically and religiously mixed population of Arabs and Kurds.

The Tal Abyad campaign earlier this month prompted tens of thousands of refugees to flee across the border into Turkey, with the influx at times causing chaos.

He called it the first beheading of women documented by the monitoring group, which relies on accounts from sources in Syria.

But after YPG and rebel forces secured the town, many residents began to return home.

SOHR also reported on Tuesday that the militant group allegedly crucified five men accused of breaking fast for Ramadan by eating during the daytime.


In Syria, militants covered up two women and beheaded them publicly.