The Islamic State terrorist group executed a pregnant woman and took away her four children after they tried to flee their village in Iraq, a horrific new report has revealed.
Last week, the Daily Mail revealed that the woman was spotted guiding her children out of al-Marir, a community held by the terror group close to the city of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.
However, before she could reach Iraqi forces at a nearby military base, she was stopped by jihadists who executed her after taking her children to another village under ISIS control. The Abna news agency notes that the fate of the children is unknown.
Mosul, formerly home to thousands of Christians, has been occupied by ISIS since June 2014 and is considered to be the main stronghold of the terror group in the region. Reuters notes the group has routinely carried out vast atrocities against women and girls, prompting US Secretary of State John Kerry to class such atrocities as "genocide."
In April, it was revealed that after overtaking Mosul, ISIS militants began selecting women and girls, forcing them into "temporary marriages." However, hundreds of women refused to comply with the fighter's demands, and were subsequently executed, along with their families.
"At least 250 girls have so far been executed by the IS for refusing to accept the practice of sexual jihad, and sometimes the families of the girls were also executed for rejecting to submit to IS's request," Kurdish Democratic Party spokesman Said Mamuzini told London-based Kurdish news agency 'AhlulBayt.'
Another official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party Ghayas Surchi said that human rights were being widely violated in all IS-held territories, particularly the women's rights as they are seen as commodities. Women in such regions are not permitted to go out in public, and have no choice in choosing their spouses.
Last August, 19 women in Mosul were slaughtered for refusing to have sex with IS fighters. A year prior, up to 500 Yazidi women and girls were kidnapped and sexually abused by the militants, and October, more than 500 Yazidi women and young girls were abducted by the ISIS when they stormed the Sinjar region in northern Iraq.
Meanwhile, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that IS continues to lose ground in 2016, a claim that the U.S. government has also been repeating.
"Daesh has been losing followers and territory for months, and emphatic strikes like this show that we and the coalition will not waver," Fallon said, using an alternative name for IS.
"Daesh fighters, both foreign and home-grown, can see that they are targets inside this cult," he added.