In first case of its like, Islamic State militants behead two women

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In a first of its kind incident, The Islamic State fighters have beheaded two women in Syria, the founder of a war monitoring group said on 30 June.

The women were killed in eastern Deir al-Zor province this week, said Rami Abdulrahman, head, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is keeping rack of the war.

One of the women was killed along with her husband in Deir al-Zor city, while the IS fighters beheaded another woman with husband in tow in al-Mayadeen city to the south east.

IS has beheaded local and foreign men in Syria, including enemy combatants, aid workers, journalists and others it has seen as violating its interpretation of Islamic law.

Several of IS’ female captives have been stoned to death after being accused of adultery and other crime.
Five men were also “crucified” in al-Mayadeen for eating during daylight hours of Ramadan. They were hung up by their limbs and children were encouraged to mock them as they suffered, said the centre.

Activists say the IS uses such punishments in areas where it is present to control the local population through coercion and fear.

Meanwhile, A year after IS declared a caliphate on swathes of territory seized in Iraq and Syria, the al Qaeda splinter group faces military pressure from a US-led coalition, but remains a potent force, the Pentagon has said.

IS militants still control the Iraqi city of Mosul, where leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared last July to declare himself the head of the new caliphate. The group recently captured the key Sunni city of Ramadi, the capital of Ira

“IS has lost 25% of the territory they held at the peak of their incursion into Iraq. We have destroyed many of their equipment. The US believes that it is having an impact.” said Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesperson.

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