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1/ Today is 4th anniversary of Yazidi genocide by #ISIS. Thousands of Yazidis killed &enslaved.

In Syria I found #ISISfiles, some on treatment of women by ISIS.

Here my story for @akhbar

It's in Arabic but in thread I'll explain in English
2/ The #ISISfiles about women can be divided into 2 categories.

a. Restrictive laws mainly meant to control local female population in ISIS parts of Syria.

b. Rulings regarding behavior of ISIS-female members. What work can ISIS-women do? Can ISIS-women fight? Etc.

3/ ISIS files show court cases whereby (male) ISIS “spies” accuse Syrian females of having attended "mixed" weddings (males and females attended wedding). Also women were accused of wearing make-up.

4/ Also I found #ISISfiles with rulings showing local women weren’t allowed to travel between different ISIS-provinces without permission. Females need special ISIS paper to travel. Paper must say that the ISIS office has checked her identity &that the office knows who she is.
5/ Among the #ISISfiles I found in Syria, there are also documents with rulings that male doctors aren't allowed to treat female patients & male doctors can’t assist females giving birth.

6/ Also acc to #ISISfiles, ISIS banned talking between males &females who weren’t family. Staying alone with girl or talking to girl over phone was illegal.

This all was considered "harassment" &punishable by law. If u were caught for 3rd time: 15 days prison +90 lashes. @akhbar
7/ In order to control Syrian women and apply all these restrictive laws, ISIS had to employ their own ISIS-women. Because men weren’t allowed to be near women, ISIS used its female members to control and, if need be, arrest local females.

8/ For instance, according to the #ISISfiles I found in Syria, ISIS allowed its female members to get jobs in the security and educational sectors.

ISIS established special female units, specialized in arresting local Syrian women who were accused of having broken ISIS-laws.
9/ According to the #ISISfiles, ISIS females worked as security guards so they could smell other women to check if they had used drugs.

Also these ISIS-female guards had to watch local women &keep an eye on them in schools, shops...

10/ The #ISISfiles show that ISIS allowed its women to work as teachers in ISIS run schools.

Also, ISIS women had right to go to court &file for divorce. I found in Syria court documents of Um Ishaq, an ISIS woman from Holland, who divorced her Tunisian husband (ISIS fighter)
11/ It's significant that foreign ISIS women were allowed to divorce their ISIS-husbands.

Many ISIS females who returned to West claim that they were fully controlled by their husbands &that females had no say whatsoever.

This is clearly not true
12/ The #ISISfiles tell us that ISIS did not view jihad as an obligation for women in general.

According to the #ISISfiles I found in Syria, only in specific & urgent cases women have the right to carry the gun and fight. For example, when the emir specifically orders it.
13/ The #ISISfiles mention specific conditions under which ISIS women can carry weapons & fight:

a/ If the enemy attacks town and enters the houses.
b/ In case the emir orders so.
c/ If a place is besieged and there is “nafir” - a general call to arms.

14/ Acc to #ISISfiles, it's better when females dont fight because:

a/ Women are physically weak
b/ If women scream in battle, it will shake morale of army.
c/ to prevent her clothes getting torn so that private parts r visible.
d/ It can be seen as sign of weakness by enemy.
15/ The #ISISfiles I found apply to females ISIS considers “people of the book”.

ISIS views Yazidis as “devil worshippers” & treated them in most horrible way. Killing, raping, slavery…genocide. Nobody can imagine what Yazidis went/going through.

May justice come quickly.
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