Islamic State terrorists murdered a young woman on January 6 as retribution for allegedly cooperating with the U.S.-led coalition forces. The blind-folded 35-year-old Lina Qasem was blindfolded and led before a group of men wearing traditional dress and forced to her knees. A bearded, be-turbaned young man shot the woman in the back of the head while the crowd looked on. A photograph, presumably taken by the IS publicity machine, recorded the execution.
Qasem had been founded guilty by ISIS of providing information to the U.S. coalition. She had been employed in the post office in Raqqa, Syria, before the jihadis seized the area. U.S. and allied air forces have been bombing the region for months in an effort to stem the growth of ISIS, which now has adherents in Libya, who emerged from the power vacuum that occurred when President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought the downfall of former dictator Muammar Gadaffi in 2012.
According to ARA News, one of Qasem’s family members said that the Islamic sharia court had accused her of aiding the enemies of the so-called Caliphate, which ISIS seeks to establish and thus rule from the Mideast and across North Africa. “She was shot dead in front of dozens of people at the central square of Raqqa,” said Qasem’s relative. “After the execution, the group refused to hand over her dead body to her family.” In many cases, ISIS militants leave the bodies of their enemies to be devoured by dogs.
A tweet posted by the human rights advocacy group known as Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) posted a photograph of a young man bearing a close resemblance to the man seen in other photographs apparently about to shoot a woman kneeling before him. Spero News could not verify the authenticity of the photograph nor of the accusation.
Similarly, on June 6, the Islamic State jihadis tortured a 21-year-old woman to death in Manbij, a city north of Aleppo. She had been accused of violating the sharia code as to women’s dress, which requires women to be covered from head to toe in public. The young woman was a victim of the infamous Oum Farouq -- a female member of ISIS -- who tortured her as she has others at a detention center in Manbij. Victims of the Islamic State say that the female enforcers of Islamic law are among the most vicious.
According to a January 7 report by RBSS, journalist Ruqia Hassan has been executed by ISIS. The execution made Hassan the fifth journalist to be killed by the terrorist Islamic State since October 2015. Hassan sometimes went by the moniker “Nisan Ibrahim” on social media. Her death marks the fifth journalist who reported on Isis to be killed since October, according to the Syrian journalism association known as Syria Direct. Known for her humor, “IS always wants to keep the sword hovering over the people’s necks.”
The founder of RBSS, Abu Mohammed, tweeted on January 1 that Hassan’s last words were: “I’m in Raqqa and I received death threats, and when ISIS [arrests] me and kills me it’s ok because they will cut my head and I have dignity its better than I live in humiliation with ISIS [sic]” One of her final messages on Facebook mocked the Muslim terrorists for banning Wi-Fi hotspots in Raqqa. Translated, her post reads, "Go ahead and cut off our internet, our messenger pigeons won't complain." The exact date of Hassan’s death is not known. She stopped posting on social media on July 21, 2015.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.