On ‘Radio Times’: The women among ISIS

     In this June 16, 2014, file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. (AP Photo, File)

    In this June 16, 2014, file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. (AP Photo, File)

    We’re still learning about how exactly the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night was carried out, but investigators suspect it was a network of attackers and ISIS has claimed responsibility. By attaching their name to the biggest terror attack in the UK since 2005, they’ve continued to present an image of outright evil to the Western world and beyond.

    On Radio Times Thursday, host Marty Moss-Coane was joined by New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi to discuss ISIS’ campaign of terror. Callamachi has reported on how women are viewed and treated under ISIS rule, and told Marty “I’m not sure if they are afraid of women or if they quite bluntly don’t feel that there’s any place for women in society aside from being the sexual partners of men and mothers and daughters.”

    Marty went on to ask about sex slavery under ISIS rule, specifically in Mosul, as well as the Sunni Muslim women who travel to join their ranks. Callamachi described to Marty that the sex slaves are Yazidis, not Sunnis, and that, “the Sunni Muslim women who travel from the West to join this group believe they are going to be the mothers of the caliphate.”

    Later in the hour, Marty discussed President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, as well as his increasingly terse rhetoric towards Iran. She was joined by Ali Al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, and by Laura Rozen, diplomatic correspondent for Al-Monitor.

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