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IS Group Seeks to Justify Enslaving Yazidi Women, Girls in Iraq

The Islamic State group said it enslaved families from the minority Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq, in what it praised as the revival of an ancient custom of using women and children as spoils of war. In an article in its English-language online magazine Dabiq, the group provides what it says is religious justification for the enslavement of defeated “idolators.” The ancient custom of enslavement had fallen out of use because of deviation from true...

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