World: Teenage brides trapped between Islamic State and its victors - - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

WorldTeenage brides trapped between Islamic State and its victors

16:46  12 april  2019
16:46  12 april  2019 Source:   reuters.com

2 boys charged for allegedly throwing rock, seriously hurting driver

2 boys charged for allegedly throwing rock, seriously hurting driver Two teenage boys were arrested and accused of throwing a rock from the side of a Kentucky roadway, seriously injuring a driver, authorities said. William Wehner, 64, was driving on KY-237 in Burlington on Saturday night when a large rock was thrown through his windshield, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office. Wehner was seriously injured but was able to pull off the road, the sheriff's office said. © Boone County Sheriff The Boone County Sheriff's Office released images of this rock that authorities say two teenage boys threw at a Kentucky roadway, seriously injuring a driver.

AL-HOL CAMP, Syria (Reuters) - Rawan Aboud tried to escape Islamic State after the death of her abusive first husband, a militant killed fighting for the group. She was jailed and forced to marry another fighter. When he died, she finally fled.

Atlanta man accused of killing pregnant girlfriend and her teenage son

Atlanta man accused of killing pregnant girlfriend and her teenage son After a 15-hour standoff at a home in the Atlanta area, the bodies of a pregnant woman, 16-year-old boy and the suspected killer were found.

Now she is interned with fanatic supporters of the violent jihadist group she has sought refuge from since the age of 13.

"I married age 12," said the Syrian girl, now 18. "My husband then brought me to Raqqa. He beat me and said I was an apostate for trying to leave."

Thousands of women, especially foreigners who flocked from Europe and North African countries, willingly joined Islamic State, subscribing to its brutal interpretation of Islam and marrying militants.

Some remain ardent supporters of its ideology and live in camps they fled to in eastern Syria which are under the control of the U.S.-backed forces that drove IS from its final piece of territory last month.

Iran president says US 'leader of world terrorism'

Iran president says US 'leader of world terrorism' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that the United States was the real "leader of world terrorism" after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a "foreign terrorist organisation". "Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?" Rouhani asked in a speech broadcast live by state television. Speaking at a ceremony to mark Iran's national nuclear technology day in Tehran, Rouhani defended the Revolutionary Guards as a force that has fought terrorism ever since its creation in 1979.

But many like Aboud, married off by conservative Muslim families in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, had no choice.

Aboud, several Syrians and a Lebanese woman also wed as a child to a man who joined IS are now detained alongside its die-hard adherents in a guarded section of al-Hol camp.

Regarded as suspect by Kurdish-led forces that helped defeat the jihadists and persecuted by women they are locked up with, they fear they will rot in detention or face death at the hands of their extreme fellow detainees.

Aboud has spent three months at al-Hol along with more than 60,000 people who fled the battle for Baghouz, the final shred of populated territory that Islamic State had held until its defeat there last month.

In an interview with Reuters this month, she wore a green coat, fingerless gloves and eye make-up behind her veil, which she only wears to avoid drawing the attention of IS supporters.

Officers respond to a burglary call with their guns drawn only to find a trapped Roomba

Officers respond to a burglary call with their guns drawn only to find a trapped Roomba Sometimes things aren't always what they seem. Take the case of a "burglary in progress" call in Oregon. Sheriff's deputies in Washington County received a 911 call Monday from a woman who said someone had broken into her home and locked themselves in her bathroom. She told police she could see shadows moving under the door. Deputies responded to the scene with their trusty K-9 officer, ready to take down a burglar. They could hear rustling noises coming from behind the door, but the suspect wasn't responding to commands to come out with their hands up.

She used the pejorative acronym Daesh for IS, rather than "dawla", Arabic for state, which many in the camp still use. She said her husbands were dead, not martyred, as slain militants are usually described by supporters.

"My first husband was killed fighting three years ago, thank God."

Aboud tried to flee IS territory and was jailed in its Raqqa stronghold. When the U.S. coalition began bombing the city, her nine-month-old daughter was killed. Militants moved her and other women from town to town as they retreated, and married her to another fighter who also killed several months ago.

She then escaped with her other daughter, now four.

They face an uncertain future.

"I want to go to my family in Idlib. But right now I'd settle for just another part of the camp, away from the foreigners. Somewhere I can use a phone," she said.

The security forces that guard al-Hol have denied her requests to move, she said. "They keep saying tomorrow and asking, why did you marry an IS fighter."

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that run the camp did not immediately respond to a request for comment on her detention.

US slaps sanctions on alleged new IS financiers

US slaps sanctions on alleged new IS financiers The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on financiers with bases in Belgium, Kenya and Turkey on charges they funneled money internationally for the Islamic State extremist group. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The Treasury Department said it had pinpointed successors to Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr al-Rawi, who was killed in a US-led coalition air strike in Syria in 2017 after allegedly sending millions of dollars earmarked for the jihadists.

"SWINE AND INFIDELS"

"Because I fled and how I dress, the other women call me an infidel. They throw stones at me. When I queue for water, they say this isn't a line for Syrians."

Amal Susi, the Lebanese woman in the same section of the camp, complained of similar treatment and feared never returning home.

The 20-year-old surrendered herself and her two children in 2017 to the SDF after her husband was killed in Raqqa. Months later she was returned to IS territory in a prisoner swap, she said. "It was back to zero," she said.

Her husband took her as a teenager to Syria to live in Islamic State's self-declared caliphate.

Susi is also waiting to be transferred to another section of the camp. "Those of us forced to come should get to leave. IS supporters call us swine and infidels, say we're spies for the Kurds, and assault us."

The SDF is struggling to cope with the number of suspected militants and supporters languishing in detention centers and camps while some Western countries refuse to allow their citizens to return.

Most Syrians and Iraqis roam al-Hol camp separately from foreign women who are guarded by the SDF. Many foreigners use derogatory jihadist terms against non-extremists and blame their plight solely on Islamic State's enemies.

Aboud, Susi and many others hope to get as far away from them as possible.

"We're not rid of Daesh. They've basically moved the Islamic State here, that's what they believe. They say we'll build it again right here. The camp is under their control," Susi said.

(Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

Read More

Iran leader appoints new head of revolutionary guards.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed a new head of the Revolutionary Guards, the country's ideological military force, Khamenei's official website reported late Sunday. Major General Hossein Salami, 58, replaces Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, who had headed the Guards since September 2007. 

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!