“An [IS] policewoman took the baby, gave it to another woman, and then killed the mother,” a former resident named Aisha, who now lives in Turkey, told the Sunday Times. She fled Raqqa after her own husband was beheaded by Daesh militants for smoking a cigarette.
It had originally only been known that the woman had been killed, but pro-Daesh social media accounts later revealed she was also mutilated.
Al-Khansaa Brigade was formed approximately 18 months ago and counts among its members women from North Africa as well as Gulf Arabs, Iraqis, Chechens, and western Europeans, news.co.au reported.
"It is a day that will go down in history,” Mahmood wrote.
Before falling to the caliphate at the end of 2013, Raqqa was one of Syria’s most liberal cities.
Aisha described the city now, saying, "women armed with electric shock sticks regulated our lives. If a woman is not totally covered they will lash her 80 times on the street."