I raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, says captive IS militant

Captive Islamic State militant Amar Hussein says that he raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, and shows few regrets.

I raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, says captive IS militant

Captive Islamic State militant Amar Hussein says that he raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, and shows few regrets.

Hussein and another Islamic State militant were captured during an assault on the city of Kirkuk in October that killed 99 civilians and members of the security forces.

Hussein says he reads the Quran all day in his tiny jail cell to become a better person. Hussein told Reuters that his emirs, or local Islamic State commanders, gave him and others a green light to rape as many Yazidi and other women as they wanted.


“Young men need this,” Hussein told Reuters in an interview after a Kurdish counter-terrorism agent removed a black hood from his head. “This is normal.”

Hussein said he moved from house to house in several Iraqi cities raping women from the Yazidi sect and other minorities at a time when Islamic State was grabbing more and more territory from Iraqi security forces.

Kurdish security officials say they have evidence of Hussein raping and killing but they don't know what the scale is.

Witnesses and Iraqi officials say Islamic State fighters raped many Yazidi women after the group rampaged through northern Iraq in 2014. It also abducted many Yazidi women as sex slaves and killed some of their male relatives, they said.

Human rights groups have chronicled widespread abuses by Islamic State against the Yazidis.

Hussein said he also killed about 500 people since joining Islamic State in 2013.