New Age Islam News Bureau
• Making a Monster: She Doesn't Regret Torturing Women for ISIS
• Three Yazidi Women Rescued From Islamic State Captivity In Tal Afar
• Woman ‘Shouts Racist Abuse at Muslims from Her Car Window ‘in UK
'• This Is War' First British Woman to Join Fight against ISIS Vows To Continue Battle
• Former British YPJ Volunteer Says IS Fights Females More ‘Ferociously’
• All-Woman Soldiers-Police Team Ready to Help In Marawi Rehab
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Muslim dominated Tajikistan bans veils for women
September 2, 2017
The Tajikistan government has banned its women from wearing veils and has introduced a legislation, wherein it has asked the women to "stick to traditional national clothes and culture".
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According to a Times of India report, this decision was taken in order to stop women from wearing Islamic clothing.
Interestingly, 98 percent of the population of Tajikistan is Muslim, says a report by the US State Department. But, Tajikistan considers itself a secular state with a Constitution providing for freedom of religion.
Unlike Islamic countries, women in the central Asian countries wear a scarf tied behind their heads, rather than a hijab, which is wrapped under the chin.
Tajikistan discourages alien clothing
According to the TOI, Tajikistan's minister of culture, Shamsiddin Orumbekzoda said that the Islamic dress was "really dangerous".
He said that "everyone" looked at women wearing hijabs "with concern". He added that everyone "worried that they could be hiding something under their hijab."
However, the legislation, which is yet another amendment to an existing law on traditions in the country, has not mentioned the hijab in particular.
This is not the first time that the Tajikistan authorities have said that the Islamic veil represents an "alien culture".
The Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, during his Mother's Day speech in March had criticised women for wearing "foreign" black clothing. He had also criticised the hijab in 2015.
"Wearing the hijab and blindly copying a culture that is foreign to us is not the sign of having high moral and ethical standards for women," the president was quoted as saying by the Al Jazeera.
Earlier in late July, Orumbekzoda had said that a new commission was designing clothes after taking into consideration the Tajik traditions and modern life.
The ministry is preparing samples of national women's clothing, "in order to avoid wearing foreign clothes", Orumbekzoda told the state funded broadcaster of the Middle East.
Back then he had again made a statement which implied that the Islamic dress was "really dangerous". "No one knows the people who hide behind these covers," Orumbekzoda had said.
President Rahmon and Dushanbe Dushanbe Mayor Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev are reportedly known to link religiosity to extremism.
No wearing hijabs to work
In August, around 8,000 women from Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan had been discouraged from wearing the hijab to work. They were asked to wrap their scarves in the Tajik style.
Though the new legislation has not spoken of any penalty or punishment for breaking the rule, a TOI report has said that authorities might that a system of fine may be introduced later.
Making a Monster: She Doesn't Regret Torturing Women for ISIS
A teenage girl from rural Syria dreamed of becoming a doctor, but the war and the so-called Islamic State made her something very different, and very frightening.
In part one of this two-part series we met Umm Rashid, a 21-year-old woman with a months-old infant in her arms. Umm Rashid wore a black abaya, a voluminous covering meant to hide her from the eyes of men, which is required dress in the so-called Islamic State. When we talked to her, she was with two of our colleagues, Abu Said and Murat, in a Turkish city near the Syrian border. We were asking questions over a video link. And at first we thought her story would be much the same as the ones we’d heard from dozens of other ISIS defectors interviewed for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). They told us how they had fled the horrors of ISIS. But as we talked with Umm Rashid, we were discovering she was, in fact, part of the horror. She had been an impassioned member of al Khansaa, the women’s branch of the hisbah, or “morality police.”
The women that Umm Rashid helped to torture were “seducing young men with those colorful abayas,” she says, her voice full of derision. “We would also imprison and beat the women who wore eye shadow. We behaved nicer to the women from the villages because they were poor and their abayas were torn, but with the women from the city we would be very harsh. Ten-year-old girls were arrested if they didn’t have abayas. We forced girls to put on abayas after the age of seven.”
“Normally women are not allowed out without their marhams [male chaperones]. They must be with their husband, brother or father,” says Umm Rashid. “So if we see young people, a man and woman walking together, we would ask for their marriage license and IDs to make sure it’s their marham. We were trying to ensure that no one was out without marhams and no lovers wandering about. Men would receive at least twice the punishment we were employing on the women.”
As Umm Rashid describes appalling practices, she seems at times numb to the horror, but also, at times, enthusiastic.
“We would imprison women in the cemetery with skeletons in a cage in the middle of the cemetery as a punishment,” Umm Rashid says flatly. “Most of the time when we went back to the cage in the morning, the woman was crazy.” This echoes reports from former civilian prisoners about the hisbahplacing severed heads of family members inside cages with imprisoned women to drive them insane with fear and grief.
“We would lash 40 times at once as a punishment. If the woman doesn’t know Islam she would stay in prison to learn Islam, it was a training camp of sorts.” Again, Umm Rashid echoes what we heard from other prisoners, that the ISIS prisons are used to indoctrinate and coerce those arrested into joining the group.
“We went to the Masur neighborhood. Once we saw a woman and man at night at ten p.m. We stopped them and they said, ‘We are married.’ Soon we realized they were not married. They were engaged. We did not release them. They got married in the prison after the fine and punishments. They got married and then we released them. Being engaged is not enough.”
“During the wedding ceremonies they make clapping with their hands. But, if there is entertainment at the wedding we would arrest the bride and groom and they would stay in prison. Then we would let them go after a while. Entertainment at weddings under ISIS was not allowed.”
“We charged around one thousand dollars in fines per day,” Umm Rashid explains, noting a not insignificant source of ISIS revenues, particularly now that their ability to sell oil has been degraded. “No one can say anything to us. If they protest about paying the fine, we arrest them. We were so powerful. No one could say anything against our decisions,” says Umm Rashid.
This girl who had dreamed of becoming a doctor had all her power taken from her. She was forced into three marriages and widowed three times. Her parents were killed in an airstrike. Her sister lost her arm. Her home was destroyed. Her in-laws treated her as their personal slave. Finally, she was happy to marry into ISIS—to be able to eat. And at that point she was given power inside a brutal organization that defines life in black and white terms, and death in battle as “martyrdom.” Aligning with ISIS she might also be able to take revenge on the Coalition whose bombardments she believed had killed her parents. And she could become strong—abandoning her childhood fears and grief. With ISIS, she was empowered, with a Kalashnikov and an a fearsome organization—the ISIS hisbah—the dreaded enforcers.
Umm Rashid turns to telling us about how her second husband was killed. “On the 23rd of February  there was a Coalition airstrike in our neighborhood. My husband was there and he was martyred in that attack. That was in 2015. We had been married for eight months. In those eight months I couldn’t get pregnant. I went to see doctors. They said I was okay, nothing wrong with me. So maybe something was wrong with Abu Abdullah. Abu Abdullah would not talk about himself, his family, or his background. He never mentioned about his previous life to me. He provided everything for me, but I was not allowed to ask about him.”
“I could purchase anything in the market, but I could not ask about him,” she explains and then turns to the dark side of the man she married without really knowing who he was or anything about him. “He told me, ‘If you do something wrong and if there is a decision from ISIS that you should be killed, instead of ISIS, I will cut your throat. So be careful.’”
“They brought his corpse to my home so I could see him one more time,” Umm Rashid recalls. Despite his dreadful threats, she says, “He was a very kind man. I had the best part of my life during my marriage to him.”
We ask about what happens to ISIS widows. We’ve heard various things from the ISIS cadres we have interviewed. Some tell us that ISIS has a system of paying widow’s benefits and that women from the hisbah regularly check in on widows and bring them food and money. But in Kosovo we interviewed a defector who told us those benefits are only paid for a short time and then the ISIS widows, unable to leave their homes on their own, become so impoverished and hungry that they can easily be coerced into remarriage with the next ISIS cadre.
“ISIS had a place like a farm,” Umm Rashid explains. “So, a woman who did not have marhams [chaperones] used to live there. I stayed in the farm for my iddah.”
“Can you tell us about the biting?” we ask, returning to the practice of using metal teeth to torture other women.
“They use artificial teeth and bite the women with these. We did it, and we were correct.” Umm Rashid says without any trace of remorse in her voice. “Anyone who wants to bite can do it. I also used to bite. It is like an artificial tool. We can bite any part of the body—her back, shoulders, breasts—the places you can’t see from the outside, and where there is ample meat. Hisbah members used to do this.
“They asked us to do that, so we have courage. For example, I used to be scared of bugs, but now I am not afraid,” she repeats. “I can beat three, four women at once. I have courage and strength now. Of course, we would tie the woman’s hands and feet.”
We ask Umm Rashid about her status in ISIS and if she was considered a foreign fighter due to her husband being from Saudi Arabia and also an ISIS emir. She doesn’t seem to understand the question, answering, “There were a lot of Iraqi women. They were getting them married to the mujareen [foreign fighters]. I went to the camps and I saw them but I did not stay there,” Umm Rashid explains.
“I remembered my first mother-in-law while I was talking now,” Umm Rashid admits, opening a brief moment of vulnerability. “And I question myself. Am I really that bad luck?”
Umm Rashid’s first mother-in-law blamed her for her son’s death fighting with al Nusra and apparently the blame still haunts her. “After my iddah,after Abu Abdullah, I went to see an [ISIS] doctor. The doctor was a woman of course. I asked her why I didn’t have a child and she told me that I was okay.”
Like other ISIS widows, Umm Rashid was soon to learn her fate concerning remarriage. “Abu Abdullah told Abu Saif, his friend, ‘If I die, you get married to my wife.’ Abu Saif told me this saying, ‘If you don’t believe me that Abu Abdullah told me this, you can ask Umm al Khattab.’ I asked Umm al-Khattab and she said, ‘Yes, I know he said this.’” So Umm Rashid was passed to a third man in the space of two years.
“Abu Saif was Tunisian. I got married to Abu Saif and in two months I got pregnant,” Umm Rashid explains, her voice suddenly sounding triumphant. ISIS women are, after all, expected to bear children. “I got married to Abu Saif after my iddah was completed. I wasn’t thinking to get married because my first mother-in-law told me that I am bad luck and whoever I marry, dies. She even came to me after my second husband died and said, ‘Look you are bad luck, your husband died again.’ So, I wasn’t thinking to get married again. But when they told me this I decided to honor that promise.”
One tries to imagine the cruelty in this young girl’s life, yet she herself became cruel. Such is the sinister mental machinery of ISIS, which creates tragedies and then feeds off of them.
“I was so happy I was pregnant, and because I was pregnant I didn’t go to work. I was taking care of myself,” Umm Rashid tells us. “When Abu Saif first approached me I didn’t accept. I waited for two months but then I thought what would I do as a woman [in ISIS]. I had guarantees and protections with a man, so I got married. A sheikh came for the marriage ceremony. In front of the sheikh and two witnesses we got married.
“Abu Saif was not an emir. He was a deputy emir and an investigator. He used to work for the court as an investigator in Raqqa. He didn’t have a wife in Tunisia. Alhamdulillah, when he came to Syria he got married several times but he didn’t like those wives so he divorced them. But he loved me and I loved him.”
Abu Saif’s behavior echoes many stories we heard from ISIS defectors, particularly about Tunisian ISIS members. Coming from a country with high unemployment where they couldn’t marry unless they had prospects, according to the defectors we spoke to, the Tunisian ISIS members were known to be sex starved. They stalked the local women, even sometimes accused their fathers or husbands of being with the Free Syrian Army, to cause them to give up their daughters, or the husbands to be executed to free the women for remarriage. Or, they married and divorced local women in a matter of days—just to use them for sex. That is the kind of man Abu Saif appears to have been.
“When he learned that I was pregnant, Abu Saif brought a maid to the home and he started to behave very well to me.”
“Was Abu Saif’s maid a slave?” we ask, wondering if we will also learn how captives are treated inside the homes of ISIS cadres.
“The maid was not a slave,” Umm Rashid tells us. “He hired her with money.”
We had already heard from Ibn Ahmed who was the guard of a facility housing 475 ISIS sex slaves who were used by foreign fighters who basically engaged in mass institutionalized rape.
“Yazidi women were treated nicely,” Umm Rashid insists. “We were staying at the same places. They were getting married to the emirs. There were not any problems with them.” Her denial of the barbarity of ISIS is amazing, but perhaps to survive them she needs to keep all cruelties borne by her, and even those she carried out, locked away in her mind.
“I stayed there for eight months while I was pregnant. Abu Saif provided me everything I wanted and made sure I was comfortable. But, as soon as I finished the seventh month of my pregnancy, the Coalition forces attacked the court in Raqqa and he got killed in that attack.”
“What do they want from us?” Umm Rashid wails, her bottled up grief and anger suddenly unleashed. “Why are they attacking us? They cannot attack anywhere they want. What’s wrong with you?” Umm Rashid screams, as she gets hysterical recalling the culmination of a series of sudden traumatic bereavements.
When we try to calm her by explaining that the Coalition is trying to free the Syrian people from the Assad regime, and the armed terrorist groups that have overtaken them—including ISIS—she continues to rant.
“They are all liars!” she shouts at us. “They” are the U.S. led Coalition and other enemies of ISIS. “They are killing Syrian people. They killed thousands of children. They are not fighting Bashar al Assad. What they did is to kill all local Syrians and children. You haven’t seen the bodies and the corpses of boys, girls, children—babies at their mother’s breasts! The circumstances of what I have seen is so terrible,” she screams, her voice filled with rage.
Hoping to calm her and keep her talking with us, we turn the conversation to her circumstances after her third husband’s death. Was she expected to marry once again?
“Several other civilians at the court also got killed. They [ISIS leaders] told me. ‘You are going to stay with us at the hisbah, then after you have the child we are going to get you remarried again.’ We had a discussion about that. Umm al Khattab got married nine times and every time her husband got killed. She told me, ‘You are going to get married again.’”
We ask Umm Rashid to tell us about the marriage system in ISIS, if local women are forced into marriages. It’s a common myth in the West that Western women who join ISIS end up as sex slaves but it’s not the truth. Western women are expected to marry and ISIS even has a marriage bureau to ensure that happens. It’s local women who are abused through short marriages designed as means of gaining sex for a short time, and captive women—wives of Shia and Sunni enemies of ISIS, Yazidis and others captured by ISIS, are forced into situations of multiple rapes or sexual slavery.
“In the hisbah we went to homes, to visit people, to see if they had marriage-age daughters. If there were girls, we would give money to the father and mother and arrange their marriages with the emirs or ISIS members,” Umm Rashid explains. “We would force their families to give up their daughters to marriage. Umm al Khattab was known as the arranger of marriages.”
This is the first time we hear of actual force being used for local women to marry ISIS cadres. Everyone else has spoken of choiceless choices—fathers and husbands being arrested or accused of being in the Free Syrian Army, or girls seeing their families starving and knowing by marriage they can earn ISIS ration cards to feed them.
“My sister was married at the time,” Umm Rashid recounts, “an emir married her. That emir is nice and she likes him.” This helped when Umm Rashid decided to leave ISIS-controlled territory.
“My sister is in Iraq now. I told Umm al Khattab, ‘I am going to go see my sister. I will stay there for a week, I have not seen her for awhile.’ I was given permission. I am from al Khansaa,” she reminds us. Given privileged status in ISIS she would be trusted to travel and return. “I lied to go to the Syrian border, to save myself from Umm al Khattab forcing me to marry again. The reason I escaped is I didn’t want to get remarried in Raqqa, and I wanted to save my baby.”
Umm Rashid was on the verge of giving birth. “The borders were difficult at the time so the Syrian and Turkish smugglers charged us a lot,” Umm Rashid recalls. “I was so scared I would deliver while passing the border because I didn’t know the exact date when the baby was coming. I stayed at the smuggler’s home waiting to pass the border.”
“There was another woman with me who was also trying to pass. I met that woman at the border. We paid $3000 to the smuggler. We passed at two in the morning. It was so cold. I got chilled. From the border we came to Akçakale. I helped the other woman to pass. I paid for her passage as well,” Umm Rashid says. One sees a glimmer of the girl who wanted to be a doctor—to help others.
From the statistics ICSVE has been able to compile, we find that women escape ISIS far less often than men, at what we estimate to be a ratio of one to four—although the numbers are incomplete.
It’s unlikely that women who have joined ISIS want to stay inside more than men do, or become less disillusioned with the corrupt, brutal and un-Islamic nature of the group. The difference in defection and return rates is far more likely because they don’t have the financial means to pay smugglers, are restricted in their movements inside ISIS territory, and are forbidden to speak with men they don’t know. They risk rape and murder by smugglers if they manage to hire one, and they know that if they are caught they will be returned to Raqqa and forced to remarry if they are lucky, killed if they are unlucky.
“The smuggler would not touch me because my relatives would learn and kill him,” Umm Rashid says. “One smuggler did this in Syria. The Syrians in Turkey went to Syria and brought him out to Turkey and beat him very badly,” she explains. “So, we were safe from him.”
“But if you liked ISIS why did you leave?” Murat asks, pushing back a bit.
“Because the Coalition forces kept bombarding us. I felt I have to save my child’s life,” Umm Rashid tells us, although only moments before, she also said she didn’t want to be forced into yet another marriage by the misogynist ISIS.
“For the last nine months I am in Turkey,” Umm Rashid says. “I gave birth to my baby here. A Syrian midwife helped me to birth my baby at home. I stayed with my relative. I wanted to work because I didn’t have any money, but I couldn’t because I just delivered the baby. I stay with my uncle and live [with the baby] in a small room.”
“Do you want to get married again? What is your future?” we ask, curious to know if she will pursue her dream of becoming a doctor somehow here in Turkey.
“I want to go back. When my son is three or four years old, if ISIS still exists, I will go back and fight with them,” she says.
“Islamic State is a really good group. I have to help them. If they allow me to keep my son, I would remarry,” she says.
“What pulls you back to ISIS, despite all the dangers?” we ask incredulously.
“They are not as bad as the people tell,” says Umm Rashid. “The Islamic State is good,” she insists.
“Women are covered over there,” she says, stating what is for her a positive good. “I want my child to be an ISIS fighter. My son must go the way of his father, follow his path,” she says referring to the child she is cradling in her arms. “I wish I was a martyr as well!” she adds, her eyes glimmering with the glory she imagines.
“What do you think of the beheadings?” we ask, trying to shake some sense back into her—to remind her how vicious this group really is.
“They only behead people who deserve it,” Umm Rashid says firmly.
“What does anyone do to deserve beheading?” we ask, finding it hard to listen to her stubborn defense of ISIS savagery.
“For example we chop off the thieves’ hands,” Umm Rashid explains, her voice again sounding like the cruel hisbah member she is. “There are different crimes that you could do to deserve beheading. If you kill someone without a reason, we kill you. For example, a man went into the home of a woman and stole her jewelry and killed her. He, of course, was beheaded—because he killed that woman.”
“But what about those who flee Daesh?” we ask, using the name ISIS hates.
“Why don’t they call us Islamic State?” Umm Rashid rants in response. “They call us Daesh! We are the Islamic State, not Daesh!” she rages, anger dripping from each word. “They lie about us and create negative propaganda. For example, we killed a Jordanian pilot. Why is he bombing civilians? Of course we killed him!”
In fact, he was beaten until he “confessed” on camera, then marched theatrically in front of masked ISIS fighters, and finally put in a cage where he was burned alive.
“Those Coalition forces are not killing our soldiers. But they are attacking the civilians. Everyone sees that,” says Umm Rashid. “There are big screens all around Raqqa—the killing of that Jordanian pilot was broadcast all over Raqqa. I saw it that way,” she says, explaining ISIS’s use of flat-screen televisions put up by its huge propaganda arm. Abu Firas, a media emir from Southern Baghdad, told ICSVE that ISIS films everything it does for consumption inside of ISIS, just as Umm Rashid describes, as well as for audiences outside of ISIS—to horrify us with their acts of terror.
“You want to become a martyr, but what about the future of ISIS?” we ask.
“Inshallah [God willing], ISIS will become the real state of the region and I will become a martyr for them,” Umm Rashid declares. “What you hear here is all lies. You think they won’t last, but if you go to Raqqa you see everyone is living peacefully there.” (This was before the Coalition-backed offensive that began over the summer.)
“How can you become a martyr when you have a young son to raise?” we ask.
“I can die when he’s 10,” she answers. Indeed, an ISIS emir told us that boys that age were already considered men and could be sent in bomb-rigged vehicles or with suicide belts to explode themselves at checkpoints and racing into enemy lines.
“What about child suicide bombers?” we ask, given she has said she wants her son to follow in the “martyrdom” steps of his father.
“They are martyrs,” she answers without any trace of doubt in her mind. “Martyrdom is the most important rank you can reach,” she declares, echoing the ISIS teachings.
“Do you know about ISIS’s practice of taking organs from their captives and enemies?” we ask, probing for whatever else she can tell us from firsthand knowledge and her experiences inside the group.
“When they kill them, they can take organs, no problem,” she answers. This from the young girl who would have become a doctor.
We know she’s unlikely to denounce the group as many other defectors have, but we ask our standard question at the end, “Do you have any advice for Syrians and Iraqis, or even foreigners, thinking to come and join ISIS?”
Usually at this point our interviewees strongly denounce the group. Not Umm Rashid.
“I advise them to come and join ISIS,” she answers. “Go, die in the path of Allah. When you die for the religion, you save yourself. I strongly advise it.”
“When you go back, would you like to take others with you, back to Syria?” we ask, wondering if she is recruiting for the group during her time in Turkey. We have heard from defectors living in Turkish refugee camps that young boys, in particular, are persuaded by ISIS recruiters operating in the camps that they should go back and die as martyrs in ISIS suicide bombings.
“Of course, if someone wants to go I will take them,” she answers.
We end our interview as Abu Said prepares to help Umm Rashid and her baby get transport back to their temporary shelter in Turkey.
Were there glimmers of Umm Rashid’s humanity and generosity? Yes, when she made an ISIS salary working in the hisbah and gave much of it away, and when she paid a smuggler to help a stranger get into Turkey along with her.
Yet, when we interviewed Umm Rashid, she remained totally indoctrinated and loyal to a lethal organization—advising others to join and die in its behalf, and not only wanting to become a martyr for ISIS, but to have her baby son do the same.
Umm Rashid survived, but in the process, ISIS turned a young girl with a dream into a monster.
Reference for this Article: Speckhard, Anne & Yayla, Ahmet S. (September 1, 2017) She Doesn’t Regret Torturing Women for ISIS The Daily Beast thedailybeast.com/she-doesnt-regret-torturing-women-for-isis
Three Yazidi women rescued from Islamic State captivity in Tal Afar
by Mohamed Mostafa
Aug 28, 2017, 12:59 pm
Dohuk (IraqiNews.com) Kurdish authorities said Monday that three women from the Yazidi minority had been released from their Islamic State captors in Tal Afar as Iraqi forces near victory over the militant group there.
The Kurdistan Region office on Yazidi abductees said the released females were a 40-year-old woman and two girls aged 14 and 19.
“The abductees were released with the help of benevolent locals,” office head Hussein Qaidi said in statements to BasNews, giving no mroe details.
A statistic released by the Kurdistan Region Government’s Endowments and Religious Affairs Ministry in July said Islamic State’s massacres of Yazidis forced nearly 360.000 of the religious minority to flee their areas. It said IS had kidnapped 6417 Yazidis since 2014, the report added. Those included 1102 women and 1655 children, the statistics show, adding that authorities had run into 43 mass graves of Yazidi victims slaughtered by IS,.
Islamic State massacred and enslaved thousands of Yazidis when they overran their Sinjar region, west of Nineveh.
Iraqi government forces and allied paramilitary troops are currently nearing victory over Islamic State members in Tal Afar, an anticipated development that would mean a total collapse of the group’s self-styled “caliphate” declared in 2014.
Woman ‘Shouts Racist Abuse At Muslims From Her Car Window ‘in UK
2 Sep 2017
She appeared to shout: ‘F*** off you British, f****** P***.’
The men seemed like they were trying to ignore her but she continued her apparent diatribe, adding: ‘F****** black b*******’.
The group then clapped and made hand gestures in her face and this set her off even more.
She continually encouraged them to film her and didn’t seem concerned how she came across.
The controversial video was posted on social media by Mo Pandor.
One user wrote: ‘Horrible woman. No need for all that. Should be ashamed of herself.’
Another added: ‘Dewsbury’s finest! She’s the c*** and a disgrace to British people! I’m ashamed!’
West Yorkshire Police is not believed to have received a complaint regarding the incident.
The video was initially reported by the Huddersfield Examiner.
Police have now launched an appeal to find the occupants of the car and confirmed the incident had occurred between 10am and noon yesterday.
Superintendent Roger Essell, of Kirklees District Police, said: ‘This was an incredibly distressing experience and our enquiries are very much underway to identify those involved.
‘The victims were understandably left shocked and upset following this incident.
‘We take a robust stance against any kind of racial abuse.’
'This is war' First British woman to join fight against ISIS vows to continue battle
Kimberley Taylor, of Blackburn, Lancashire, decided to join the front line because she believes she can help carve out a better future.
The 28-year-old has been fighting on the frontline with the all-female Kurdish militia since October after travelling to the group’s stronghold in Rojava, northeastern Syria, in March last year.
She admitted the cause she is fighting for with the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) in Syria will most likely end in her being killed.
But the fearless soldier - who goes by the Kurdish name Milan Dilber - has vowed to stay in Syria and fight with other women to secure their rights.
She said: “When women are on the front line against Daesh (ISIS) - yes we are fighting against them physically but we are also fighting against their mindset that women shouldn’t have a voice, that they shouldn’t even think about how they want to live their life or how others should live their life.
"They are not allowed to think anything or even speak it.
"So by us women being at the front line, it is also a symbolic action against the mindset of Daesh. This is why they attack us so ferociously.
"They want nothing but oppression. This is why they do not accept that we are on front line fighting against them."
Miss Taylor is believed to be the first female Briton to have travelled to Syria to fight against the deadly death cult.
Devastating images show the horrifying aftermath from the on-going war in Syria
Syrian children walk amidst destruction
ISIS want nothing but oppression. This is why they do not accept that we are on front line fighting against them
Kimberley Taylor, first British fighter in Syria
She had originally planned to visit the region for just a few weeks after she was invited by a women’s organisation to write about the revolution.
But she later decided to stay indefinitely, saying: "I came with two friends and was supposed to be here for, I think, ten days and then we stayed for like fifteen days and then they went home and I decided to stay.
"I realised that this is something that I could be part of.
"Why would I go home to continue studying books about politics and revolution when I can live the life of them?
“Everything that you do here matters and it makes a difference.”
Having first joined as part of the YPJ’s media team, she has since joined the fighting on the front line.
And the brave Brit have vowed to remain there until the fight against bloodthirsty jihadis is over.
The comments come weeks after a Merseyside man was killed fighting ISIS.
Luke Rutter, 22, had fought in the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, and was branded a "martyr" by his comrades.
Former British YPJ volunteer says IS fights females more ‘ferociously’
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – A former British volunteer who joined the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) to battle the Islamic State (IS) in Syria said the extremists fight females more “ferociously.”
Kimberly Taylor, 27, joined the Kurdish YPJ, the female faction of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), to fight IS over a year ago.
The British volunteer said the YPJ’s involvement in the war against the militant group was an attack on their mentality.
“By us women being at the front line, it is also a symbolic action against the mindset of [IS],” she said. “They want nothing but oppression.”
“This is why they attack us so ferociously,” the 27-year-old continued. “This is why they do not accept that we are on the front line fighting against them.”
Taylor traveled to Syria in early 2016 to report for a friend’s humanitarian website on the Yezidi (Ezidi) massacre in Sinjar (Shingal) at the hands of IS.
Nearly 500,000 Ezidis were captured, killed, or became refugees after the extremist group besieged Shingal in 2014 in what the UN described as genocide against the minority group.
The British volunteer told the Daily Star she was “torn apart” by the conditions of refugees and displaced people in Syria and Iraq and said she was committed to helping them.
The former volunteer spent over 12 months on the front lines with the YPJ learning Kurdish and was involved in combat.
“I’m willing to give my life for this,” Taylor said. “It’s for the whole world, for humanity and all the oppressed people, everywhere.”
The 27-year-old has since returned to the UK before moving to Sweden to study at Stockholm University.
The YPJ and YPG, backed by the US-led coalition, are spearheading an offensive against IS in Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital and last major stronghold in Syria.
The Kurdish forces have recaptured over 60 percent of territory from the extremist group since launching the operation in June.
All-woman soldiers-police team ready to help in Marawi rehab
September 02, 2017
MARAWI CITY, Philippines - More than 100 female police and soldiers face the daunting task of helping rebuild Marawi, knowing fully well that some citizens there blame government troops for the distraction in the city ravaged in the ongoing fight against Islamic State-inspired terrorists.
The 102 female police officers and soldiers sent to this battle-scarred capital of Lanao del Sur were well aware of their daunting task in helping residents of this city, which was attacked by terrorists, recover quickly.Insp. Jecille Ibañez said most of them, deployed here as part of the joint civil relations team of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), were excited to work with evacuees in rehabilitation and recovery efforts.But Ibañez said they were also aware that the job would not be easy largely due to perceptions that the military and the police were responsible for the destruction of Marawi.
DisplacementThe fighting between government forces and Islamic State-inspired terrorists who took over sections of the city on May 23 entered is 100th day on Wednesday and had displaced nearly 500,000 people from the city and nearby areas.
Ibañez, a Bohol native whose last assignment was in Maguindanao province, said her fellow soldiers knew that they would have a hard time dealing with some of the evacuees.“We expect that it will be more difficult to dialogue with them, especially so that they see us as the enemy, that we are to blame for what happened to Marawi,” she added.But Ibañez assured that she and the more than 100 policewomen and female soldiers sent here would take the extra effort to make people understand what really happened to their hometown.“We will explain to them … that we in the government are willing to help, whatever the cost may be,” she said.Ibañez said their deployment here was meant to show the people that the government was with them as they prepared to rise from the devastation.Ibañez said they wore white hijabs (head scarves) as a way to demonstrate this. “It is one way of showing [our] respect to the Muslim culture. It is an honor to wear it,” she added.Helping womenFirst Lt. Ginalyn Peña, a native of Pulacan town in Zamboanga del Sur province, said her assignment here was an opportunity to help those most affected by the fighting.“Helping them is a big opportunity and it will also show them that women can do many things, even in the event of a crisis,” Peña said.The team arrived here on Tuesday via the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental province. Its members were taken from various AFP and PNP units in the country and underwent training for two weeks on psychosocial intervention before their deployment.Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said the military and the police thought of sending women here to help the government determine the needs of the displaced, especially those vulnerable like children, women and the elderly.“We conceived the idea of forming an all-woman group because of [cultural sensitivity, because] men cannot mingle with women [here],” Galvez added.He said the deployment indicated that the fighting and clearing operations were coming to an end.“But the most important work after this crisis is really recovery and rehabilitation and bringing back normalcy in Marawi City. These female soldiers and policewomen will play a big part in it,” Galvez added.
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