Were the wives of 'witchcraft' really the first time Daesh beheaded women?
In October media reports said Daesh beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, three of them women. (AFP/File)
Tuesday's report of Daesh (ISIS) executing two wives accused of witchcraft was allegedly the "first time" the extremist group beheaded women, according to media reports quoting the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
But a cursory Google image search says otherwise. Remember the Kurdish female troops fighting against Daesh?
At least one photo — uploaded back in October — of a Daesh militant holding the head of a female soldier from the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) appears, showing it's most certainly not the first time women have been subject to their brutal executions.
The AFP story on the two women said it was the first time Daesh conducted beheadings on women "in this manner.” Maybe what the Observatory had meant was beheadings of female civilians.
But there has been no distinction made between beheading fighters in the conflict and civilians. Media reports have been using the "first time" statistic without mentioning the YPJ women; a few exceptions include The Guardian and BBC.
Ignoring beheadings of the female Kurdish fighters, who have been just as brutally killed as their male counterparts, neglects the lives sacrificed, not to mention the stakes at which they have gone through to be seen on a level playing field as the men fighting in the war.
By Hayat Norimine
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