Battle-hardened militants were far from the most terrifying thing for many women living under their harsh rule in the ISIS-conquered city of Mosul.
“I was much more afraid of women,” said Umm Fatma, referring to female members of the terror organization’s morality police, known as the Hisbah.
“The women would beat you for the smallest thing — how you looked or how you wore your headscarf, ” the 28-year-old mother of three who arrived at the Khazer Camp last week told NBC News. “They used whips and metal sticks.”
Restricted in where they could go and what they could wear while in Mosul, refugees described living in fear of the Khansaa Brigade, the all-female ISIS Hisbah units who patrolled the streets tasked with enforcing an extreme version of Shariah law.
Umm Azma, a 31-year-old mother of eight, said the female morality police favored a torture tool known as “the biter” — metal prongs designed to clip chunks of flesh as punishment for women who violated strict ISIS’ dress codes.
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