- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Islamic State group has beheaded civilian women for the first time since taking control of large swathes of Syria and Iraq, a human rights watchdog group said Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Sunni radical terror group, said two women were beheaded in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province.

Rami Abdulrahman, who heads the watchdog group, said both women were accused of sorcery, Reuters reported. The husband of one of the women was also killed, he said.

The group said five men have also been “crucified” in al-Mayadeen for not adhering to strict fasting rules for the month of Ramadan, Reuters reported.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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