“I thought the Yazidis were infidels, like Jews. That they were lower than Muslims and that what we were doing to them was OK.”
“Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. Those who follow him are merciful to one another, ruthless to unbelievers.” (Qur’an 48:29)
“I kept the four girls in an abandoned house. Each night I would have sex with a different one,” a grubby looking man said, unperturbed.
“Sometimes they seemed scared, but they never said no. They were all virgins when I got them and more beautiful than you can imagine.”…
The suspected Islamic State fighter giving his story of events at the investigations court pleaded guilty to four counts of kidnap and rape of women belonging to the minority Yazidi sect and 10 counts of the murder of its men.
He “seemed unrepentant as he confessed to his crimes,” noted the Telegraph ’s Josie Ensor from Qaraqosh, Iraq.
The 40-year-old Mohammed Ahmed was “struggling for breath and shaking. His eyes rolled and his chin lolled down to his chest. He had been made to wait outside in the blistering Iraqi sun since early morning and was suffering”, Ms Ensore wrote.
Mr Ahmed began detailing his crimes, including the murder of a group of Yazidi men and boys in a primary school in 2014.
“I shot them there in the school hall,” he told the court. “I think I killed 10 or 12 of them, including some children.”
He was then instructed to take the “prettiest” girls in the town where they were sold into slavery and passed around senior members of the group.
He was given four women, between 22 and 30, where he kept them in an abandoned house and had sex with “a different one” each night.
“They were part of my salary. I received R8,000 a month and the women as a bonus,” he said.
“What did you do when you were done with them?” the judge asked.
“I gave them to another fighter in return for R2,660 each. I was brainwashed. I thought the Yazidis were infidels, like Jews. That they were lower than Muslims and that what we were doing to them was OK.”…
“One of the militants was responsible for recruiting fighters for the group before capturing Mosul,” a statement by the council’s spokesman, Abdulstar Bayraqdar read.
“The other three were members of the Islamic Police.”…
The second defendant, another man in his young 20s, was more talkative.
He admitted joining Islamic State, telling the court, “I gave the loyalty oath to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” he explained, providing detail on how he had been trained by Islamic State to handle weapons and sharia law….