On September 5, an Iraqi woman allegedly killed an ISIS commander who sold her into sexual slavery, Independent reports. The commander was known as Abu Anas.
Speaking to al-Sumari TV, Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesperson Saeed Mamouzini claimed the woman was forced to marry several of Anas' fighters a few months ago.
As Independent notes, it seems this woman is yet another victim of widespread sexual violence within the territory ISIS controls.
It's becoming increasingly apparent ISIS views rape as a valuable tool, utilizing the abhorrent practice as both an instrument of terror and a means of recruitment.
In condoning systemic sexual violence, ISIS hopes to entice young men in sexually repressed Muslim societies to join its ranks.
According to a recent report by The New York Times, the terrorist organization employs a distorted interpretation of the Quran to justify rape against unbelievers, targeting Yazidi women in particular.
The report highlights the way in which ISIS developed an intricate bureaucracy of sex slavery. Thousands of women and girls have been forced into this inhumane and criminal industry.
Correspondingly, as Daily Mail reports, actress and activist Angelina Jolie recently appeared before the British parliament to urge stronger action against ISIS for its organized use of rape. She said,
I think the most important thing to understand is what it's not. It's not sexual, [rape] is a violent brutal terrorizing weapon... The most aggressive terrorist group in the world today knows what we know, knows that [rape] is a very effective weapon and they are using it as a centerpoint of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families, and attacking and dehumanizing.
Sexual violence has long been a weapon of war, but as Jolie aptly highlights, there is nothing to vindicate the use of such a horrendous practice.
Citations: ISIS is using rape as the centrepoint of their terror Angelina Jolie tells Parliament as she recalls meeting girls as young as seven brutally assaulted in conflict zones (Daily Mail), Isis commander killed by captured Iraqi woman forced to act as a sex slave (The Independent), Woman kills ISIS commander west of Mosul (al Sumari TV), ISIS enshrines a theology of rape (The New York Times)