HUFFINGTON POST
09/08/2014 10:15 am ET Updated Sep 11, 2014

ISIS Is Attacking Women, And Nobody Is Talking About It

The Islamic State group, the extremist fighters in Iraq and Syria responsible for the tragic beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, has spared no one of its extremism. However, there is one victimized group that isn't receiving as much public attention as it needs: women

Haleh Esfandiari, the director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, explained to HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps how the extremist group attacks women when they seize an area.

"They usually take the older women to a makeshift slave market and try and sell them. The younger girls, basically they ... are raped or married off to fighters," Esfandiari said. "It's based on temporary marriages, and once these fighters have had sex with these young girls, they just pass them on to other fighters."

While brutality against women of Iraq's Yazidi minority group has come into the public spotlight to a degree, the coverage hasn't been substantial enough to satisfy Esfandiari. She argued:

Not much attention has been paid to what is happening to these women. [From] the abduction to turning them into slaves, to forcing them into forced marriages, to abandoning them in certain towns. These women who have been raped become pregnant, they give birth to babies, children are ostracized. I mean, all sorts [of] ... barbarism and atrocities have been committed against these women.

Watch the video above for more information about the atrocities being committed against women.

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