ISIS Fighters Hunt For Viagra As They Inflict 'Brutal And Abnormal' Sex Attacks On Women
Huffington Post UK | By Sara C Nelson
Posted: 18/02/2015 11:34 GMT Updated: 2 hours ago
A report by activists in Syria has detailed the brutal and violent sexual habits of Islamic State (IS) fighters in the stronghold of Raqqa.
The advocacy group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) published an account on its website this month detailing the group’s behaviour towards women in the terrorist bastion.
It writes: “A large selection of IS [also known as ISIS or ISIL] suffer from sexual anomalies and brutal instinctive desire for sex.”
An undated image of IS fighters marching in Raqqa, Syria
It lists IS members “buying strange underwear” for their partners, [believed to mean risqué lingerie] and marrying more than one woman whilst also seeking out sex with captives or slaves.
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It adds fighters also search for “blue pills in order to increase their strength to have more sex” in an obvious reference to the drug Viagra which enhances male potency.
Disturbingly the report adds many women have been forced to seek treatment in hospitals after being “subjected to sexual practice in a brutal and abnormal manner.”
Raqqa is the town closest to where US journalist James Foley was beheaded, has been identified by experts as a hotspot for young British girls who have travelled to join extremist fighters.
British female jihadists are said to be behind an ultra-religious all female militia in Raqqa that is brutally punishing "un-Islamic behaviour" in the area.
Experts have warned that women are the new target for recruitment for IS, with researchers seeing "unprecedented" calls for fighters to marry British and European women.
The women, most of whom are just teenagers, are bombarding IS fighters with marriage proposals during social media 'Q&As' and researchers estimate as many as 50, most of them British, could have already gone to join fighters in Syria and Iraq.
IS fighters are said to be keen to score supplies of the male potency drug Viagra
"Typically, the women who are out there tend to form clusters, they might be married to Isis fighters in the same unit," said Melanie Smith, a research associate at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), King's College, who monitors the recruitment of women by IS told The Huffington Post UK.
The ICSR has warned that many more young women had made inquiries about travelling to Iraq and Syria in the months since the beheading of Foley.
Tareena Shakil and her toddler son Zaheem
"There's been specific calls for doctors, engineers, lawyers to come to the 'Caliphate', and for a state to function, women need to come, they need to have children", Shiraz Maher, Senior Fellow at the ICSR told HuffPostUK.
Last month young British mother Tareena Shakil told of her harrowing experience in Raqqa after fleeing the stronghold.
The 25-year-old TOWIE fan made a daring escape across the border into Turkey, scaling a barbed wire fence with her bare hands while begging snipers to spare her and her son’s lives. She later revealed she made her escape after the fighters tried to force her to become a jihadi bride.
RBSS describes itself as a group of non-violent activists in Raqqa campaigning to expose the atrocities committed by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and IS toward the civilian populations of the city.
Women of Isis
On its web page it adds: “We shed light on the overlooking of these atrocities by all parties. We are a nonpartisan and independent news page. We are not tied to any political or military group. We convey the truth objectively.”
Members of the group live in safe houses spread across the city, coordinating via the internet using encryptions to foil IS hackers.
The Telegraph writes IS regularly runs house-to-house searches trying to track RBSS members down.
It adds one member named Motaz Billah was executed after the jihadists found he had been criticising them on a private Facebook forum.