Escaped Women Still Having Nightmares About ISIS ‘Biters’

What happens to the female members of the feared al-Khansaa brigade, charged by ISIS with enforcing its draconian morality standards by any means necessary?

Given that the women are clothed head to toe in black, they are able to escape ISIS held territory more easily than male fighters, who can be identified and arrested.

“Until this day, I wake up in the middle of the night trembling,” a woman named Um Omar told Al-Arabiya. “Each time I feel footsteps next to my tent or a person bumping into it, I imagine it is one of the ‘biters’ of ISIS who has come to kill me.”

The al-Khansaa brigade, known colloquially as “biters,” reportedly carries out all sorts of abuse against women who commit even the most minor of infractions against ISIS dress codes.

According to the Russian media outlet Sputnik, these punishments include using rending instruments to tear the flesh even of children caught stepping outside without their male guardian. In one case this reportedly led to a ten year old bleeding to death after having her body ripped by a metal biting instrument.

Other offences allegedly include

  • Breastfeeding a child outside the house
  • Not wearing black socks or black sleeves
  • Lifting a full face veil
  • Wearing high heels
  • Wearing a jilbab (floor length robe) that isn’t black
  • Wearing shoes that aren’t black
  • Having a purse that isn’t black.

Learn more here about different styles of Islamic clothing.

The dissident media group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently reported that a device known as a “biter” is used to shred the breasts of women caught breastfeeding outside…


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