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A Growing Force to be Reckoned With: Iraqi Army Gains More Female Fighters Who Have Escaped ISIS' Slavery

Leah Marieann Klett : Feb 10, 2016  The Gospel Herald

"Now we are defending ourselves from the evil; we are defending all the minorities in the region. We will do whatever is asked of us." –Capt. Khatoon Khider

(Iraq)—Hundreds of Iraqi women who were tortured and kept as sex slaves by the Islamic State have escaped and joined the Kurdish forces to exact revenge on the terrorist group. (Photo via Fox News)

According to a report from Fox News, a number of the 2,000 Yazidi women who escaped ISIS after their mountain stronghold was attacked in August 2014 recently signed up to fight against the jihadist group. So far, 123 women—dubbed the "Force of Sun Ladies"—are officially fighting alongside Kurdish Peshmerga forces, while another 500, ranging in age from 17 to 37, are waiting to be trained.

"Now we are defending ourselves from the evil; we are defending all the minorities in the region," said Capt. Khatoon Khider from the unit's makeshift base in Duhok, Iraq. "We will do whatever is asked of us.

"We have a lot of our women in [nearby] Mosul being held as slaves," she added. "Their families are waiting for them. We are waiting for them. The liberation might help bring them home."

While under ISIS captivity, many of the women were ordered to convert to Islam, subjected to forced marriages and repeatedly raped, while girls as young as 8 years old were sold as sex slaves. (Photo via Gospel Herald)

Thousands of women starved to death or died of heatstroke, while a number of others deemed too old or young to be sold into sex slavery were killed off by the terrorist group.

One mother who gave birth while an ISIS slave revealed that...

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