Islamic State Beheads Two Women in Syria

CAIRO (Los Angeles Times/TNS) —

Islamic State terrorists beheaded two women on charges of “sorcery” in a northeastern province of Syria, a monitoring group reported Tuesday, in what it said marked the Sunni terrorist group’s first decapitations of female civilians.The report by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition watchdog with a network of activists in Syria, could not be independently verified, but a pro-opposition media group based in the province where the killings allegedly took place confirmed the information.The punishments were carried out against the women as well as their husbands in public on Sunday and Monday in Deir Ezzor province, according to the observatory. Much of the province is under Islamic State control.Islamic State, which espouses a harsh interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law, has carried out more than 3,000 executions in Syrian territories in the last year, the observatory said. Its execution methods have included beheading, stoning, crucifixion and throwing people from buildings.The reported beheadings came days after Islamic State terrorists were reported to have carried out hundreds of house-to-house killings, some of women and children, in the Syrian town of Kobani, on the Turkish border.

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