A Woman Who Defected From ISIS Explains Why She Chose To Become A Foot Soldier In The ‘Islamic State’

…On October 5th, CNN interviewed a 25-year-old Syrian woman who had recently defected from Khansa’a brigade, an all-female ISIS division that enforces conservative social norms based on ISIS’s radical interpretation of Islam — for instance, the Khansa’a would sometimes lash women for not wearing “the proper sharia clothing.”

“Khadija” was an elementary school teacher before she convinced her family to move to Raqqa, ISIS’s de facto capital in Syria — she had met a Tunisian ISIS sympathizer, who spoke of marrying her, through social media.

…But she grew disillusioned with the group’s cruelty.

“There were cases where the wife had to be taken to the emergency ward because of the violence, the sexual violence,” she said in reference to foreign fighters specifically. She also witnessed a man’s beheading.

“I said enough, after everything I had already seen and all the times I had stayed silent,” Khadija said to CNN…

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